I’m writing a story and switching perspectives. Should I make a new chapter every time it switches?

You can do it that way. Switching viewpoints by chapters is common because it works and the reader doesn’t get confused about which character’s head he/she is in.

You can do it other ways, if you wish. And if you are able to keep the reader clear as to whose head you’re in at the moment.

I’ve read scenes where the viewpoint switches every sentence or so and it worked because the author did it well.

So it all depends on you as a writer.

What was Shakespeare’s writing style?

Shakespeare is my favorite author.

I’m not a snob where writing is concerned. I seldom like so-called ‘literary’ works.

But Shakespeare wasn’t a literary writer even though his works are now taught in every literature class anywhere. He was a popular writer whose plays were seen by people of all walks in life, from the most educated to the least.

So, even though he is one of the greatest — possibly the greatest — writer of all time, his style was what was popular at the time.

And that included poetry because most things did at that time.

How do I write a good sympathetic character that isn’t the cliché hero?

How do you edit for clarity in writing?

 That’s a hard one.

My only answer is to wait as long as you dare before editing because that time will take you away from the process of writing and into the process of reading. Only when you look at what you wrote from the perspective of someone who has never read it before will you see what needs to be changed.

The good news is that it works. You’ll see those paragraphs that could be reworked to make more sense. And those that should be deleted because they are not needed and are confusing. And which parts should be switched around to lead the reader in the right direction.

How can a writer quiet the “inner voices” that distract us by showing with all the possibilities of story ideas, and then we have trouble choosing and writing our stories? Even after an initial idea and plot. How do I focus and ignore other “noises”?

However —- there are a few things that can help.

First, follow where the voices are telling you to go and do some serious thinking about that particular direction. If you listen and take the story where they are suggesting, what will happen? Will it still be the same story or will it be another one? Will you still feel the same when it’s written or will you wish you’d not taken their advice?

Second, depending on the answer, take that new path for your story — or jot down some notes so when you are finished with that particular story, you can write another story — a different story — the story that the voices suggested to you.

Third, simply tell those voices that you are listening to them, that you are giving them their full due, but right now you have something to do, a story to write, and they’ll just have to wait their turn. Ask them to be quiet for a while.

It might work. It does for me.