Head Jumping: A POV Debacle

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It’s been a while since I submitted anything to contests or publications and so I pulled out a story written while in college. I figured I could spruce it up with little to no fanfare and submit till my heart’s content. Can we say ego?

Don’t get me wrong; the story is good. After reading through it, I discovered that the point of view gets skewered. Now, it’s okay to write a story from two different perspectives. In this case, that of a teenage boy and his father. However, it’s not okay to use those perspectives in the same scene.

Head jumping – that’s what happened.

I’m careful now to keep pov in strict confines, but when I first started writing stories it wasn’t easy. I’d forgotten.

The plan is to spruce up the story, but it will take more work than originally planned. I’d hoped to submit it to the Ozark Creative Writers Conference contests, but since my novel is my first priority that may not happen. I have goals and intend to achieve them, that’s the most important part.