Wednesday, February 6, 2013
IWSG - Narrative POV?
Anyway, it's time for another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Seriously, I love this support group!
I'm a bit insecure about narrative point-of-view this month. Which do I choose?
Super quick overview of Point-Of-View (POV):
First person - I, me Omniscient
Second person - you
Third person - She/he
My first four novels (granted all of them are shelved until further notice, pigs fly, or the Rapture) are written in first person limited. The fifth is written in third person limited and the sixth novel is written in first person again. I can see the definite benefits to each point of view, but there are limitations to both. I enjoy writing in first person since it feels more personable and intimate with the character. "Nameless" is written in third person because the first half of the book is written from a male POV. I'm not a dude. Nope, definitely not a dude and I didn't feel comfortable writing first person that way.
I'm waiting to hear back from my lovely CP's for "Defiance" and I started a novella, tentatively called Project K. I started writing in third person switched to first person and back to third person. I'm having trouble picking a voice to tell her story in. Lainey is a being a difficult character. I have to pick a "voice" for her.
So, my question is...
How do you decide in which POV the story should be told?