Another Point of View


It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I should start calling these posts “Procrastinator Wednesday” because here I am, just a few hours before midnight, scrambling to come up with something to write about.

I’ve started rewrites on my novel. In July and August I applied all the edits suggested by my editor. It was a chore, and I struggled (not because I didn’t want to do them but because it was hard to see how badly I wrote), but I learned a lot. I’ll be able to apply this knowledge to other stories I’ve written (and future stories), and it’s been an invaluable lesson.

After brainstorming with a friend, I was able to rework new plot ideas to fill the holes, add more conflict, and raise the stakes for the main characters. One of the things I decided to do was to add the male main character’s Point Of View (POV). The first version of the story is told from the female main character’s POV in 1st person/past tense. I didn’t want to lose her 1st person voice but I also don’t like romance stories with male POVs (the guys always sound too whiny). This means I’m adding the hero’s POV in 3rd person/past tense.

For clarification sake and story rhythm, I’m alternating chapters in each POV. I’m taking a chapter that was previously from the heroine’s POV and turning it around 180°. The scene is still the same, and so is the setting, etc, but the dynamics are different, as is the voice, and, obviously, the point of view.

It’s not an easy task, but it’s exciting to infuse something new into the story. So far, it’s working and I like the direction it’s taking. He’s got a strong voice and he’s glad to let it out. 😉

From another point of view.

Sometimes, we could all benefit from seeing things from another perspective.

Insecure Writer #213


What changes have you done recently?