The strategic part is where a lot of confusion comes in with both critics and writers, I think.
Originally posted on Ellen Brock:
The difference between omniscient point of view and head hopping is something that stumps a lot of writers. But there are big differences between the two, here are the basics.
Omniscient POV is Only One Viewpoint
One of the biggest misconceptions about omniscient point of view is that it allows you to go into the viewpoint of any character in your story at any time. This is not true. Omniscient point of view only has one viewpoint – the viewpoint of the narrator. This narrator stays the same throughout the entire novel.
The narrator does not “go into” the viewpoints of the other characters, because it doesn’t have to. The narrator already knows everything about all of the characters. This may seem like splitting hairs, but it’s a very important distinction: The narrator does not go into different viewpoint, it simply chooses which information to convey about which characters at…
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