My Point of View on Point of View

As you may figure out in the posts to come, or already know because I told you personally, the sections in this blog may become a bit convoluted. Not because I planned it that way, but because some topics would be able to cross over. 

Like this one, for example could easily go under "The Blog" or "Writer's Lifestyle". So how do I choose? Well, is this a lifestyle or is this an opinion or is this something that is advice to writers? Well, it's all of those things, so I guess, this will go under "The Blog".

But, beware!

This post will probably only relate to writers and not other artists, but I still deem it worthy of "The Blog".

Consider yourself warned.

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So, Point of View. Or POV as I will call it from now on. What is it?

Basically it's this:

POV has been a big debate among authors and readers alike. And, in an attempt to not mimic what has already been written about in a, let's face it, more eloquent manner than I may achieve, I'll tell you what it's like for me, personally, to decide POV for my books.

Let's take a brief history of my novels...

Book Number 1

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.

This book was instrumental in my novel writing career. It was my first, full length novel at about 75,000 words when it was originally completed.

And. It. Was. Horrible. 

But, hey, we all have to write a lot of really, really bad crap to get to the good stuff. Anyways, this book was what brought me into the world of authors and agents and publishers. I felt my first taste of query letters and rejection. It was also after the completion of this book that I discovered Writer's Digest and got my first magazine subscription.

 

Book Number 2

A Cutthroat Destiny

Ahh, this book. Fond memories. I had so much fun writing it, and it was my first work that I felt even a little bit of pride in. I spent a lot of time on research and character development. I spent even more time on editing first by myself, and then with my dad.

This book was actually self-published through CreateSpace, a company run through Amazon. It gained me a glorious sum of money of about 16.00, which I had to pay taxes on.

Mistake?

Definetly not.

Through the publication of this book I met a lovely woman named Michelle who would later become my editor and push me towards becoming a better writer. It was also with the publication of this book that I began to form an online presence as a writer, and developed it as what I began to call myself.

A writer.

Ahh, what a beautiful thing to be.

Gorgeous.

I digress.

3. A Grimm Legend: Saving Camelot

I had SO MUCH fun writing this book. There was a glorious day where I sat in my writing room and wrote this book for a straight 6 hours, only stopping to get food and coffee until I moved my Keurig into my writing room.

It's a fantasy based off of the real Grimm stories with a little bit of Arthurian Legend-which, fun fact- was my emphasis for a little bit in college.

4. On The Wane

I count this as a new book because it kind of is. Okay, so it's basically A Cutthroat Destiny revamped. I wrote it completely from scratch with a whole new plot and a new setting. Though they are the same characters, I did not use a single sentence from the first book. So, new book.

5. Even If You Were a Pineapple

This is a story of a high school student with anxiety who is diagnosed with cancer. More than anything, this is a story I wrote for myself. I wanted to write something where the person with cancer doesn't die. So, that's what I did.

In a lot of ways I think this is my best book because it's the one that has the most of me in it, but it's a book that I think I'll have to keep for myself. It's very personal, and I'm not ready to share it with the world.

6. The Very Error of the Moon

I finished this book late in 2015. Now, in March of 2016, I am on the eleventh draft and still working hard. Which brings me to POV.

1. First person 

2. Third person

3. Third person

4. Third person

5. First and Third (Journal entries)

6. IDK WTF SMH???!?!?!

My most recent book is on its eleventh draft because I cannot decide which POV to use. I have gone from third to first to past to present to switching perspectives, and then most recently, this morning, thinking maybe I don't want switching perspectives.

My point of view on point of views is this, it is so unbelievably difficult to have a side, because honestly, I don't have a preferance as a writer. As a reader, I like first, because I love unreliability and being shocked at every turn.

As a writer, I tend to like 3rd because dramatic irony is just so much fun.

If I can get you to scream in frustration at my book because you know something the main character doesn't, then I have succeeded as a writer.

To bring you a bit into my head, let me explain to you what went on this morning.

I woke up wanting to write. Brilliant! That hasn't happened in a long time. I had decided a couple days ago to write my book in alternating perspectives.

This morning, I only wanted to write in the perspective of my original main character. I had an unexplained biased to MY OWN CHARACTERS.

I wanted to tear out my hair, but I didn't. Instead, I went to work and I worked. And I thought.

And I realized something: I am always going to make the wrong choice. Writers will always make the wrong choice.

Because we will never please everyone. You may like 3rd, or 1st, or maybe you're one of the few who like 2nd. But, I can't have all of them, so I might disappoint you. I might tell the story in a way you don't like, but I have to accept that. I have to live with it.

My POV on POV is to write what feels right, and just leave all regrets to the birds. Because, in the end, it's a story I want to tell, and no matter the round about way of telling it, the important thing is that it was, indeed told. 

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