Confusion and decision to be made… HELP!

Okay, as of right now, I have two working files for this next book. First person, 2 POV (as my other books, through the eyes of the two main male and female characters) and third person.

Third person, I believe will give me a way to tell more of the story and give insight into more characters.  Problem is, I’m so accustomed to first person.  I have a question – in third person, will it work to still just focus around the two main characters most of the time? Typically, third person seems to get everyone in the mix at some point, but I only want to do that in certain situations.  I mean, this is a mystery novel, I don’t want the reader to figure out the bad person at the very beginning.  I only want to focus on said bad person after it’s been revealed that the person is bad. Does that make any sense?  I seriously need some Third Person 101. I like the idea of being able to take time and focus on an important scene that doesn’t include one of the main character’s POV, while still not going off in left field.  Heavens, this is gonna be tough.  My first two books were in third person…why have I lost so much momentum?? *bangs head on keyboard* I know why. Cause I love bringing out my characters personalities as they tell their story, that’s why.

Good thing I have two files going because I still don’t know how this is going to play out.  Stay tuned as I continue my mental breakdown.  Same time, same station. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.


7 thoughts on “Confusion and decision to be made… HELP!

  1. I don’t see why you can’t write a third person story that still focusses on specific main characters. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, for example, are written like that.

    1. Hi!
      That is certainly an option as that was something I did when I first started writing. First person is just my preferred style of writing because I get a good feel of the characters’ personalities that way. I’m afraid that with any POV I take, that I won’t be telling the whole story. That’s the dilemma in the first stages of writing a book and one that always makes me crazy. 🙂

  2. I know I’ve read first-person perspective stories that have switched to another character for only one chapter and told that chapter in third person. Patricia Briggs did it in Frost Burned. And I’m sure I’ve read books in first person that have had a different character tell each chapter and the chapter title lets the reader know who’s perspective it is (wait, that might have been animorphs, so maybe that’s only common for children’s books). But I’m also quite sure I read a Nora Roberts book where she was in third person and then suddenly starts following another character around halfway through the scene. Like, with next-to-no warning. Which kind of threw me, but if it’s worked for her…
    Whichever you chose, I’m sure you can make it work. Third person, but italicise thoughts that go through the character’s head to get that personal touch, or first person with multiple characters to follow around whenever you choose? It all sounds like fun 🙂

    1. Thank you for your reply! I’ve chosen first person, two POV. So far, I believe it tells the story. It’s in the editing phase right now and I hope to have it out sometime before the end of the year. 🙂

      1. Thanks for getting me onto smashwords too. I’d heard it before but only checked it out when I clicked your link. What a wonderful way to find independent authors ❤

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