Omniscient Point of View
In this point of view, the narration comes from god-like perspective in which the storyteller shows us each characters thoughts and feelings as we go along. While effective in some short stories, the danger of falling into the trap of head-hopping—going from one character’s thoughts and feelings to another’s without some signal from the reader—is a foil of the beginning writer.
A reminder, the reader’s goal is to be able to identify with your characters. If you try to explain what everyone is thinking and feeling at any one moment, you run the risk of the reader not being able to identify with any of your characters. Omniscient narration for setting a scene description can be used effectively.
The sun set, casting a golden glow over the plains of ripening corn. An example of an omniscient narration where we don't have a POV character.
Head hopping can be prevalent for the beginning romance writer, but romance writers aren't the only authors who can fall off this cliff.
An example of head hopping might look something like this:
He kissed her and she thought, maybe I've found my Prince Charming at last. He lifted his lips from hers and thought, where has this princess been all my life? This can be a little distracting for the reader if we've been in your heroine's head for most of the story and without warning we're inside Prince Charming's thoughts.
This isn't to say you can't have their different perspectives, just that you need to signal your reader and you'll probably want to have more than one sentence in one person's thoughts.
While some critics warn writers to stay away from the omniscient viewpoint in current trends, in a skilled narrative, this POV can be a tool in the writer's box to add variety and distinction.
As I point out in my writing workshops, there is no "right or wrong" there is okay writing, and better writing. The guidelines for writing are varied and every writer, editor and publisher has her own preferences, but to dogmatically say this is right or this is wrong can be a misleading over-generalization.
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