Discussions on the use of multiple points-of-view (POVs) usually focus on what is best for the story, or most effective for readers. The questions are When to Switch? and How to transition in the writing?
However, there’s another question, at least for me. How to transition in your own head?
The novel-in-(slow-)progress RITN is told from multiple character POVs. Usually, the shift from one POV to another is occurring during chapter breaks. Each scene is in the limited third POV–more natural to me than omniscient third or first-person–but I struggle to do it every time.
I realize the problem is with characterization. The characters aren’t crafted in a way that enables me to pick them out of storage and put them on, quickly and easily. Instead of an elegant cloak, many of my characters are like a bundle of fabric I need to fold and tuck around myself to use.
Whenever I need to write from the POV of one of these characters, I must sit and think about his or her motivations, past experiences, and physical quirks before I can think and feel like the character. Every time.
I know why this happens to me. These characters are boring. Don’t get me wrong; there is conflict in their lives. The problem is they’re rather normal, which means I can’t relate to them very well.
Though they’re shadows of my own mind, they’re aliens. More alien than the actual space alien who’s a better crafted cloak, so to speak.
Sometimes I’m not sure why I’m writing this story… but I won’t despair. Nor will I continue trudging through without trying to solve the problem.
I’d love suggestions about how to make the transitions easier.