Head Hopping

written by Ken Preston | Editing

November 28, 2023

Don’t Head Hop.

Sounds painful, doesn’t it?

It’s certainly painful to read.

Head hopping is when the narrative switches point of view (POV) at random.

Jerry couldn’t believe what he was hearing. How could Alice say these things to him?
Alice chuckled to herself. She loved winding Jerry up until he was about to explode.
In his secret hideaway on the other side of the world, Trevor watched Jerry and Alice arguing on his secret spy equipment. With an evil chuckle he rubbed his hands together. It was all going according to plan.

You get the idea.

When writing in limited 3rd person, stay in that person’s head. The only time you can switch is when you start a new chapter, or a new scene. And no more than two or three scenes to a chapter please.


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