It's either her or me

January 7, 2015

No, I'm not talking about a showdown - I'm talking about point of view.
There's only two real choices for me: first person or third. I like first, personally. It's the only way for me to really get into the head of my main character. There are limitations, though. The heroine (and for me it's gotta be female, cause that's what I am, and I understand how they work) can only know what she knows, so that goes for the reader, too. If the main character doesn't know something, then the reader can't either. So sometimes an author has to be creative and set scenes so the reader can catch glimpses of how other characters think and feel, without actually putting the reader in their heads.
I've tried writing in the third person, and have two finished (but not really...) manuscripts sitting quietly in my laptop. Third person POV can't shout loudly enough for me to hear. Anyway, I tend to confuse myself and get my POV all mixed up, often in the same sentence, so the poor reader would have no chance of working out who's thinking what.
Interestingly, I do have a half-finished manuscript which I started long before State of Grace, which is a similar genre, ie, paranormal romance (but edging more towards chick lit, if I'm honest) written in the third person.
I've read it and re-read it, and although I like it, there's something I can't quite put my finger on. Until now. I need to do a re-write and this time use the first person POV.
But then I would lose the insights that being in the heads of the other characters give to the story. Can I do both? I'm sure I've read books where the POV changes from I to his/her regularly throughout.
Would it work? I don't know but she thinks it might!




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