What’s the best way of telling a story? Allowing it to tell itself. Relying on instinct rather than on rules. Enjoying it, having fun.
I come across rules fairly often…each viewpoint must start in a fresh chapter…back story must begin in a new chapter or section. Rules are helpful to a point, but the story itself is far more important.
Tonight, I broke one of the rules I’d imposed on myself regarding viewpoint. I’m working on a psychological thriller, revising it. Usually, I allow only one viewpoint per chapter. But when I reached chapter twelve this evening, I brought in a new viewpoint. Then, in the same chapter, I introduced another one before reverting back to the main character viewpoint in chapter thirteen.
In doing so, I feel I’ve brought much of the background simmering tension out into the open and allowed readers to get a better picture of the events that occurred in the past. It’s also helped me to move the story along after spending about nine days on a mere three chapters.