A caution for novice writers: using multiple viewpoints does NOT mean springing from one viewpoint to another in the course of a scene. Called "head-hopping," that's a quick way to tell an editor that you're an amateur. Now, I know that a number of novels do this, especially in some romance novels, but that doesn't mean it's good storytelling.
A good guideline is to wait to shift to another character's viewpoint after a chapter ends. The break is clear and clean, and it's easy (with the right transition) for a reader to shift gears.
Or you can shift viewpoints after a scene ends. I've found helpful for the reader to add an extra line break with three centered asterisks to help clue the reader that things are a'changin'.
Last Edit: Dec 27, 2005 20:31:01 GMT -6 by Joxcenia