"Okay, fine, go and brag about it to Keziren and Chance. I see that smirk on your face. But it's only a Chapter One trial, you hear me? Don't get too excited!"
Such was the nature of my conversation with Dantere last night in my writing notebook.
You see, POV was never a big issue in my writing. For me, third person is fantastic. Particularly for fantasy. Like, third person limited-- meaning, we're always with one character but never in anyone's head.
(I've actually been mildly anti-writing-in-first-person since I started writing-- it took books like The Hunger Games, etc., to make me appreciate first person.)
RCK is written third person 'limited.' I've juggled omnipresent limited and third person 'limited' for Dantere's Story-- but since I haven't gotten past the prologue yet, it's been no big deal.
That is, until I started fleshing out Dantere's character.
You see, ever since undertaking this newest version of my fantasy story, the thought has crossed my mind several times to write it in first person.
I entertain that for about two minutes. In those two minutes I see the beginning of chapter one exactly (I see it the same way every time I think about doing it in 1st person), and I can hear Dantere's voice in my head. It's totally perfect.
But then the two minutes are up.
And I go back to writing in third.
Until just the other day.
I was needing a good reason for the reader to like Dantere, and like him the best. Also, I needed him to have something to do during the middle of the story, an area which is rather... uncharted. But I needed a drive from him from the start of the story, something that will carry through the whole book.
And it suddenly occurred to me that this is virtually impossible, for his character, unless he's telling the story.
And, finally, finally..... I gave in.
I swear I could sense his "I told you so" smirk through all that gray matter in my skull.
It was irritating.... but made me thrilled, too. Because the world is going to see just how sarcastic he is xD
So, readers, this is me starting the grand adventure of writing a book in first person.
The one thing I have to ask is: those of you who've done that before-- how do you avoid having the character say "I" and talking about themselves the whole time?? I mean, I'm sort of figuring it out, but it would be great to hear advice from other people before I finish the prologue.
Also, if anyone comes across any good articles on writing in 1st person I will be indebted to you forever....
In other news: giveaway winners Hannah Joy and Josiphine, I am still compiling the shipping items with which to ship your prizes. I apologize sincerely. They should get out of here sometime this year :P
Also, I watched Cloak & Dagger tonight, and I think I'm going to be seeing the new Scorsese film Hugo tomorrow-- exciting! :D