Archive for August 21st, 2010

All change…

That’s the thing with the early days of writing a novel (well, it is for this one anyway) – things keep changing.

I started to write a prologue, but after a chat at WriteClub, I’ve decided to go back to first person perpective for this novel. So, I’ve now written another prologue in which our hero is looking back over events, about to face a serious showdown. Most of the rest of the novel will be all the things that led up to that event.

The pros of writing first person: It feels natural for the story as I started to write it, plus, this perspective always has the advantage of taking you right inside the character’s head, bringing you emotionally closer to everything.

The cons of writing  first person: It’s a very limiting perspective. You have to be careful not to write about things that your character couldn’t possibly know. For this story, that might be a problem. Plus, if I want to tell the story from some other characters’ perspectives (which I do), how do I do that from within Tyler’s perspective? It’s going to be a bit tricky.

For now though, I’m just going to get on with it and get some momentum going with the writing. Don’t be surprised if I change my mind again!