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I am sooooo confused!

I'm >10k words into RB2. I'm using 4 POVs--2 in first person/present (Rinn and Annabeth), 2 in third person/present (R and C) 

So I'm hammering away madly last night, and only when I got to the end of the C's first scene did I realize I wrote it entirely in first person. I mean, I never gave it a thought. R's earlier scene was in third, and yeah, I found it difficult to write because I'm much more comfortable writing from first. I can get into my character's heads much better. I feel their personalities shine through when I write from first.

So now I'm rethinking this...
 
Do you think 4 POVs all written in first person is a bit too much? Mind you, R and C are secondary characters, but essential to the plot. Eliminating those POVs is not an option.

In RB1 I also had two POVs written in third. I think it worked well. But the parts were smaller.

Part of me still wants to write R and C in third person because I like the contrast. The rest of me--the part that prefers to remain in my "comfort zone"--really, REALLY wants to write them in first. Possibly writing them in past tense, rather than present, would provide the needed contrast. I can handle the tense changes easier than I can switch from first to third.

I tried doing C's scene both ways, to see which I like better. First person wins, hands down.

Have any of you recently ventured out of your comfort zones? What did you do? How did it work out?

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rosefiend
Apr. 15th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
What's that book by E.L. Konigsburg that has the 4 POV characters? "A View from Saturday?" Try that out for a model.
onegrapeshy
Apr. 16th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I need to do some fast reading, lol.
edgyauthor
Apr. 15th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Scott Westerfeld got away with five first person POVs in his book The Last Days, so I don't see why you can't get away with four in RB2!

My default POV is multiple third person, so writing my latest WIP not only in single first person, but present tense, was definitely outside my comfort zone. But I ended up loving it, to the point where first person might become my new default. Not that I'll ever stop stepping outside my comfort zone--my other (still unfinished) WIPs experiment with things like multiple first person, diary formats, and other weirdness.

So, do what feels right, even if you do think you'll fall flat on your face because of it. You just may be surprised by the results!
onegrapeshy
Apr. 16th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
All 4 in first person definitely "feels right." I'm gonna go for it. Thanks.
sookie06
Apr. 15th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I do like the sound of the contrast between the POV's. But to me it sounds like both the past/present or first/third might work.

Stepping out of comfort zones... Hm. Does writing a textbook for schools count?! Otherwise I must confess I lovelovelove third person past tense. All my three novels are written that way, as is my WIP. BUT I have an idea germinating for a new story which just might turn out to be first person... It'll be a real challenge, but fun I think!
onegrapeshy
Apr. 16th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
I love challenges. :) And yeah, a textbook DEF counts, lol (yikes!!!!).
mela_lyn
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
I have the series by Elizabeth Kerner (starts wtih Song in the Silence) (fantasy) that was written in entirely first person and from like 4 POV's. It's excellently done and I really enjoyed it. You live close enough that if you want to borrow it, you are welcome to!! Just let me know and we'll schedule a meet. I'm working now, so it will have to be evening/weekend. :)
onegrapeshy
Apr. 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I am off NEXT weekend...hmm... ;)
mela_lyn
Apr. 16th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Let me know and we can meet!! Have a little coffee... chat for a few... :)
onegrapeshy
Apr. 17th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
OK!
fuguemacabre
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Debie Mccomer (sp) does it, why can't you?
onegrapeshy
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
I decided to do it. ALl first person, all present tense. Screw it, lol.
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