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View Poll Results: Lable "I" characters:
Yes, in the chapter heading and no tranistion text 15 26.79%
Yes, in the chapter heading and also with transition text 3 5.36%
No in the chapter heading, but yes in the transition text 7 12.50%
Does not matter, either/both works for me. 31 55.36%
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #16
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How is that?
How it's done in the books?
G.R.R. Martin uses the name of the POV character as chapter header. Though I'd wish he'd (or rather his publisher) use more than that for the table of contents.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:32 PM   #17
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How it's done in the books?
G.R.R. Martin uses the name of the POV character as chapter header. Though I'd wish he'd (or rather his publisher) use more than that for the table of contents.
See I was thinking something like

Chapter 1: Joe
Chapter 2: Diane
Chapter 3: Joe
Chapter 4: Joe
Chapter 5: Joe
Chapter 6: Mike
Chapter 7: Mike
Chapter 8: Mike
Chapter 9: Diane


Something like that as the "name" of the chapter that would show up in the TOC and the heading of the chapter would look like this

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Chapter 1
Joe
Chapter Text here, and it is really good stuff, but you need to get book to see more then just this lame attempt at random filler. Chapter Text here, and it is really good stuff, but you need to get book to see more then just this lame attempt at random filler. Chapter Text here, and it is really good stuff, but you need to get book to see more then just this lame attempt at random filler. Chapter Text here, and it is really good stuff, but you need to get book to see more then just this lame attempt at random filler.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:57 AM   #18
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Spoke to soon.. the "put it in the header" crowd is growing. Hmm.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:02 AM   #19
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Multiple first-person viewpoints is a bit oddball - I'd normally expect a single viewpoint in first, and multiple viewpoints in third (or multiple viewpoints with one first and others third) - but as long as I'm not confused (or, not by accident, at least) I'm fine.
I agree with DrNefario. My favorite author, Louis L'Amour, does both first-person and third-person. But, in books with more than one main character, never does first-person. It just seems odd and would get confusing trying to remember who's point of view I was in whether it's in stated in the heading or first paragraph or whatever.

Sue Grafton always does first-person and it makes the stories seem more real to me. But again, there's only one main character. There's never any question who the "I" is.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:59 AM   #20
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Barbara Kingsolver uses multiple 1st person POV in her book Poisonwood Bible. It's divided into "books" and each starts with the mum's POV, then cycles through the daughters, often giving multiple sections to some of them.

Early in the book, when the reader's still getting used to the voices of each of the speakers, having the names in the headings helps. Though I found that partway through it, I had enough sense of the voices, I mentally skipped reading the headings, though they were there if I needed them.

As others say, it's a matter of clarity, and headings seems to be a very obvious way to make it clear without having to try to work the name of the POV character into the first paragraph or so of each section.
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As mentioned, GRRM uses it in the chapter heading to good effect.

It really depends on the book and the writer. It's about clear communication. There are some arguments to be made for the reader not to have a clear delineation in this shift in perspective, depending on the nature of the story.

I say: do whatever works for the story. If no headings gets in the way of the story, use headings. If no headings adds to or helps the story in some way, don't use them. If it really doesn't matter to what you are trying to communicate, I'd default to using them as some readers may find them handy and the others will just glide past them.
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If it really doesn't matter to what you are trying to communicate, I'd default to using them as some readers may find them handy and the others will just glide past them.
I am starting to lean this way. There are some chapters where I do not want the reader to know, but I can work around that.
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Chapter 1
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Chapter Text here, and it is really good stuff, but you need to get book to see more then just this lame attempt at random filler.
That would certainly work for me.
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Just bumping this to see if they are any more votes out there...
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