I didn’t begin to think about the structure of my novel until I began reading other people’s works with a writers eye. We all have heard the no no's of writing. One of the big ones being head hopping: not confusing the reader as to whose POV the reader will be engaged with. I think, just as the selection of your POV characters, this should be something you think about early on. In an effort to avoid accidental head hopping, it's a good idea to know a bit of what has been done. I'm sure as readers and writers, you know exactly what I'm referring to.
I’ve listed a few options.
- Dedicating a chapter to each character. I actually like this one after reading George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones. It is definitely easy to follow and I have to admit I did skip over a few characters to get to the ones that interested me most. I went back to reading them later and found that I still was able to understand what was going on.
- Leaving gaps between character viewpoints so the reader knows exactly when the change in viewpoint occurs. I just finished reading JR Ward's Lover Avenged and I liked the way she gave the reader the gap to indicate change. It allowed the reader to delve into another characters viewpoint of the same scene.
- Changing viewpoint mid scene; ending the scene with another characters viewpoint.
I'm sure there are others.