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Post by ElaineB on Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:34 pm

Specifically, first person.

I'm curious to hear from anyone who has written in first person.

I'm just finishing my first novel (down to the spit-polish stage) and am reflecting on the journey (don't ask how long...). First person POV proved to be far more challenging than I expected. It is perceived as the first-novel default, but I have no idea why. It is not easy. Why? For me, I didn't mind being stuck in one head--I never intended to present more than one character's viewpoint--it was the reality that you simply cannot go outside of this one head. As Deej helpfully pointed out in beta reading, it's not hard to slip and say something the character couldn't possibly know. Then there's vocabulary (again, thanks, Deej). My main character is not me. She does not have my life experience or education (though I'd argue formal education is vastly overrated), so she can't say certain things in certain ways and still sound like her. It was a fascinating problem to have to keep solving ( Mad ).

What has been your experience? (And if you'd rather talk about third, or head hopping, feel free!)

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Re: Point of View

Post by Deej on Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:13 pm




As you know Redemption was 1st person. Honestly I find that the easiest to do. Though trust me I'm not infallible. Strangers was third person and I had a much harder time with that. I don't know why, because I kept it to only one POV and still the pronouns killed me.

Sister's will be a triumph if I can finish it. There will be two POVs, one, first person the other, third. And then there's the extra character you'll see and hear about.  I have the entire manuscript color coded so I can keep POV's straight, even though I should already know it. LOL

As for the vocabulary, I have the entire opposite issue. I need to make my character's smarter than I am and it's not easy. I end up using a thesaurus for every other word. And thinking upward is a lot harder than thinking and dumbing down a character. LOL LOL  LOL

This just proves, writing is not for the weak of heart. Not if you care about the end product.

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Re: Point of View

Post by Sacchi on Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:20 pm

For lesbian fiction I generally prefer first person, because you don't have to worry about which "she" is referred to when one of them is "I".
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Re: Point of View

Post by ElaineB on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:57 pm

I did find that helpful, Sacchi.

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Re: Point of View

Post by Lilien on Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:30 pm

My largest problem is that I have a big
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Re: Point of View

Post by BassGuitarGirl on Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:44 pm

Sacchi wrote:For lesbian fiction I generally prefer first person, because you don't have to worry about which "she" is referred to when one of them is "I".
Good point, Sacchi!
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Re: Point of View

Post by BassGuitarGirl on Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:47 pm

Writing in third person POV is kind of weird. It's like you (the author) are standing behind the main character watching and reporting her every move. You even know what she's thinking and TELL EVERYONE! That's not nice, but we do it anyway.  LOL
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Re: Point of View

Post by Lilien on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:41 pm

My comment doesn't make sence, I started writing how I have big difficulties... and then my screen on my smartphone froze, I guess the comment went trough without me even realizing it. Crap.
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Re: Point of View

Post by ElaineB on Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:18 am

And here I thought you were going to say "ass."  snigger 

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Re: Point of View

Post by Sacchi on Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:25 pm

Yep. Looked like we were supposed to glance over to your icon and draw the obvious conclusion.
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Re: Point of View

Post by Lilien on Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:58 am

Sacchi, Elaine:

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Re: Point of View

Post by Athena on Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:09 pm

Elaine, Sacchi...  laugh laugh laugh 

(I think I have to sleep on the couch today because I laughed so loudly)
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Re: Point of View

Post by ElaineB on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:28 am

snigger 

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Re: Point of View

Post by Deej on Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:55 pm

Athena LOL LOL LOL

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