If you’re not first, you’re…third?
Sorry for the failed attempt at a clever title. As much as I like ‘Talledega Nights’, trying to borrow whimsy from it is probably an idea that looks better on paper. But that’s what happens when you’re sitting in a waiting room, trying to pass the time. With that said, let’s get down to business.
The word count meter hasn’t moved much on the first story in my new universe. The dreaded false starts abound.
I’m up in the air about the POV I want to use. First person is a lot of fun to write, if you have a great character with a great voice. You get to know them, intimately. It’s a window into who and what they are and how the deal with the events of a story internally.
Third person is the more traditional way to tell a story. You get immersive details that suck the reader in. As an omniscient, you get to see things behind the scenes that characters don’t. You can fear for them, knowing what they will encounter.
I’ve read great stories in both POVs and like them for different reasons.
It’s hard to say which I’ve written more of. I’ve not written too many in first person, but then there’s this blog. Though blog posts aren’t necessarily stories, they’re almost always written in a first person POV.
The dilemma comes from the novel I want to write for this character and this universe. It’s intended to be a sci-fi adventure/thriller, with lots of conflict and a layer of conspiracy. Not a humorous book, in other words.
The main character is a smart ass, for lack of a better word. When I write him in first person, every bit of that comes out. Also, I think I write shorter fiction better in first person. My intention is to introduce this character and universe in a few shorter works that I see as great first-person POV stories. I worry that changing to third-person for the larger novel adventure (which is the only way I see it working) will turn off the audience that liked the short stories.
So can a smart ass character/universe be first established in first person in short fiction, then come out in third first in the large, epic story successfully?
These are the things that keep me up at night. Well, not really, a low-grade insomnia does that.
(Composed on wordpress mobile, please ignoe any typos)
Posted with WordPress for BlackBerry.