Do you ever write in the Third Person Omniscient Point of View?
An excellent example of the omnipotent point of view.
#amreading Death of Yesterday by M.C.Beaton. Chapter one is expertly written in omni POV, the reader gets to see into the mind of a minor character. Example: Hamish is the main character.
"I don't like this," said Hamish. "Would you mind showing us her flat?"
"Have ye a warrant?"
"No, I haff not!" said Hamish. "But if you don't let me in and show me her flat, I'll come back here with a warrant, and I will turn this whole damn place upside down, including your premises.
"Here, now, no need for that," she said, thinking of the cash undeclared to the tax man hidden under the mattress. "I'll get the key."
Writing in third person omniscient point of view is not a 'head hopping' writing crime as some amateur writers claim. That scene in Death of Yesterday is significantly improved by allowing the reader to know why the landlady quickly agrees to allow the detective into the flat.
I discovered that if your critiquer isn't widely read they may make the error of trying to alter an author's writing style, especially the POV that is used, rather that improve the writing. That is why I'm selective in who I invite to critique my work, and I offer critiques to fellow authors.
When I step back from close third person or first person scenes and into narration I frequently use third person omniscient point of View.
What about you?
Do you ever write in Third Person Omniscient Point of View?
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