Today’s Wreader (writer-reader) question is: how do you choose point-of-view for your novel? What about past vs. present tense?
From the Talking Heads, quoted in BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: “Facts all come with points-of-view/ Facts don’t do what I want them to do.” I’m pretty sure most writers have felt the frustration of his or her facts and story sliding around from one character’s viewpoint to another! Not to mention tension about tense.
So how do you choose what POV to use? What tense? Do we just sort of shut our eyes and throw darts at the narrational dartboard? Not at all. Luckily, there are guidelines for this sort of thing. At least in my book(s).