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#2: Post edited by user avatar Canina‭ · 2020-05-14T20:22:40Z (over 2 years ago)
  • I'm working on a longish short story (I expect to hit somewhere around 5,000 - 6,000 words by the time I'm through) that starts out in third person omniscient POV, mostly because that allows me to peer into the heads of the various characters while still keeping a reasonable word count. So far, that's working pretty well for the first part, which is mostly setup for later events.
  • However, I feel that first person POV would likely work better later in the story, as I expect it would help the reader get into the head of the one character I'd be following in that part.
  • So basically, I want one part of the story to be in third person omniscient, and another part in first person. **How can I make that transition less jarring for the reader?**
  • Or is this just a really, really, really bad idea and I should stick to either one?
  • I'm working on a longish short story (I expect to hit somewhere around 5,000 - 6,000 words by the time I'm through) that starts out in third person omniscient POV, mostly because that allows me to peer into the heads of the various characters while still keeping a reasonable word count. So far, that's working pretty well for the first part, which is mostly setup for later events.
  • However, I feel that first person POV would likely work better later in the story, as I expect it would help the reader get into the head of the one character I plan on following in that part of the story.
  • So basically, I want one part of the story to be in third person omniscient, and another part in first person. **How can I make that transition less jarring for the reader?**
  • Or is this just a really, really, really bad idea and I should stick to either one?
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Canina‭ · 2020-05-14T20:15:30Z (over 2 years ago)
I'm working on a longish short story (I expect to hit somewhere around 5,000 - 6,000 words by the time I'm through) that starts out in third person omniscient POV, mostly because that allows me to peer into the heads of the various characters while still keeping a reasonable word count. So far, that's working pretty well for the first part, which is mostly setup for later events.

However, I feel that first person POV would likely work better later in the story, as I expect it would help the reader get into the head of the one character I'd be following in that part.

So basically, I want one part of the story to be in third person omniscient, and another part in first person. **How can I make that transition less jarring for the reader?**

Or is this just a really, really, really bad idea and I should stick to either one?