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A Little About Viewpoint

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Forgive me if this topic has been covered before, but I want to warn writers NOT to use the omniscient, all-knowing, multiple viewpoint, especially in stories for preteens and teens.  I stopped reading a novel when I realized I didn't really care about the characters because the author kept jumping into every character.  I couldn't even tell you who the main character was!  This technique keeps readers at a distance and makes it impossible for us to care about the hero/heroine (if we can even identify them!). Since it is vital for the reader to feel empathy for the hero, you need to stick to a single viewpoint.  Tell the story from the viewpoint of the hero, the person with the problem to solve or the goal to reach.  In other words, the character with the most to lose and the one who is the most involved emotionally.  Be sure that you are telling the story of ONE person, not every character in the story. 

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