Sunday, April 09, 2006
POV -- mixing viewpoints
i've used both first person and third person in the same book, and this year i read several books with mixed viewpoints. normally the first-person viewpoint is the main character, and sometimes that viewpoint shifts to third person later in the book. or sometimes the main character is always written in first person, everybody else in third.
here's my problem:
i have a character who seems to want to be written in first person. Her story always unfolds in first person in my head and i have to translate it to third. i'm tired of fighting it, and wonder how weird it would be to give her first-person POV.
this book is a sequel. the character is new to this book. She's a main character, but not THE main character. so i'm afraid writing her in first person would be confusing to the reader and jarring. i'm also concerned that it's just self-indulgent on my part.