I’ve been thinking about different points of view in novels a lot lately, and even more about the fact that all my novels are written in first person. Out of the many writer friends I have, and most of the writer acquaintances, aside from one that I know of, I’m the only writer who writes in first person.
I don’t know why when I first started writing I chose this point of view. I just did. I like it to write it. And, I like to read it.
In starting my third novel, When the Black Roses Grow, I started it in first person just like the first two, and I’m enjoying it just as with the others. I’m nearly finished with the final draft and hope to have it in my editors hands by 1st of August. Fingers crossed she loves it, and soon I can announce a third novel is in contract with Soul Mate Publishing.
Back to the point of this blog post, though. While I’ve been finishing this novel, I recently have been working on a Fantasy outline that just keeps bugging me. Of course, a small part of me laughs every time I think of me writing a Fantasy–not because I laugh at the genre, I actually like Fantasy, but because of the fact that I actually think I have the imagination to write one, but that’s a whole other blog topic, though for another time. 🙂
Anyways, this book has been like this annoying little finger that just keeps poking and poking and poking and poking me. Repeating the words ‘plot me, plot me, plot me’. Finally one day, I gave in and decided to start getting it all out on paper. I figure it’s going to take me a long time to outline this novel and even longer to write it, why not start now and work on it whenever I hit a brick wall with When the Black Roses Grow and The Parking Spot (the Contemporary Romance outline set to be my fourth manuscript). Then, if and when, I decide to focus all my attention on this Fantasy it will be ready to go. In writing this outline, though I’ve realized that this Fantasy should be written in third person, and I have to say it’s scaring me a little. Surely, it could be written in first person with different points of view, but I know myself, and doing something like that will annoy the heck out of me. No, I know it has to be third. It has to be.
I’ve never written in third person. I’m not very familiar or comfortable with it as I’ve never really focused on more than one character at a time. Certainly, I have other characters besides the heroine, but those other characters are built through the heroines eyes and scenes are only experienced by her no matter how many others are along for the ride with her.
I suppose this is all just something I shouldn’t really even be thinking about since the novel is no where near the starting line, and isn’t even on my schedule of what the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth novels are going to be. Yes, I have nine novels sitting in the waiting wings. All itching just to be written. I suppose this point of view problem is just something to think about…or should I say, freak out about, I guess, because you know how I love to stew on things that I shouldn’t stew on.
Anyways, so what point of view do you write in? Have you done more than one? Which is your favorite to write and read?