Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Hello Inner Editor
I wrote over 10,000 words last week and then yesterday deleted almost half. Reason? I’m changing my POV.
A long, long, time ago, when I first started to dabble in this writing world, I read someplace that it’s best to not write in first person because writing in third POV allows the writer more depth into the story through other characters' eyes.
So I changed a book I’d written in first to third person POV and have continued on that course since. (Sort of like the sheep that jump off the cliff with all the rest.)
Until this book.
We are also told to brush off that little editor that sits on our shoulder when we write our first draft. Not this time.
That’s right. My inner gut, voice, editor, call it what you want, is telling me to go with first person for this story or I might never get it right.
But wait! What about what I read a long, long time ago? What about digging into the brains of other characters?
Okay. Don't think those words aren't ringing around in my head. So this past month, I checked out a few books from my fancy new library here in town. (Come visit.) POV—first person.
Loved them. Loved them. Yes, I’ve read a few in the past year but this time I poured them into me and read them with an eye to see if I could still love the MC as much.
You guessed it. I changed my book all around (drove me a little nuts and my eyes are falling out of my sockets) BUT! I can hear my character and her woes so much better!
So yeah, sometimes you have to really listen to that voice that says go with it. No matter what the fears.
What has your voice told you to do recently? (Besides tell you that now you really need to make a trip to Florida to check out my new library here. I'll give you a tour.)