Point of View
How many of you here have started something in first person, only to go back and redraft it as third? Or third person redrafted to first?
Or figured out you were in the wrong person’s head, and had to restart in a different head?
And then there’s Deep POV. I was raised on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person POV, including 3rd limited and Omniscient. Deep was new one for me when I ran into it in Urban Fantasy and new adult & contemporary romance. (If it’s new to you, a good overview is here.)
In fact, when I recently wrote a chunk of story in third person and kicked it out to an alpha reader for some questions on how the science worked, she came back and said the story itself was too emotionally distant, and she couldn’t get into it (and that hydroponics was more complicated than that, but if you handwave here…). I tossed it to another alpha, who pointed out that our mutual friend was on a romance kick. I was writing in third person, and she was looking for a story written in Deep POV, including the character’s thoughts, feelings, and value judgments.
The whole story stalled for other reasons, but that certainly threw me for a loop for a while, and an attempt to rewrite in that voice promptly crashed out at 3,000 words with a hard feeling of “Do Not Want.”
But that may be individual to the story, or to the genre, or… just a skill I haven’t learned yet. So this is where I ask you, in order to learn what and how and why you do.
What Point(s) of View do you write in? How do you decide that one – and which one(s) have you noticed as being most common in which genre and subgenre?
When do you decide to rewrite or redraft in a different POV?
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