Saturday, July 7, 2012
Point of View The Great Divide
I got a bit of advice from my editor about changing the POV of my current WIP from 1st person to 3rd person for greater readability. Of course, I was crushed. All I took from that comment was "Your story is no good. Do it over." Now, that's not what she told me at all, but I have always taken criticism of my writing way too personally.
I decided to take the POV question over to the romance boards at Amazon even though posting over there scares me. For some reason the anonymity of the internet makes some people much more apt to answer negatively. Anyway, when it was up it turned into a really busy thread for a day. A full 2/3 of the respondents said they do NOT like 1st person in a romance, and most people were helpful enough to leave their reasons for why they were against it. I was crushed for about an hour after reading that, but then I decided to try to write my current story 3rd person. It's incredibly difficult to take the immensely personal 1st and convert those thoughts into 3rd while simultaneously trying to blend in my hero's POV.
I have come to the conclusion that I need to take a few days away from the story completely to look at it with fresh eyes. This will be a great little mini-vacation for my mind.