I remember when I first saw the letters POV. Actually, I can’t remember the exact moment, but I remember that after having seen it frequently, I had missed yet another texting shortcut somehow. Finally I either asked or read someone say the full three words and put two and two together. I might’ve thought it was something else rather funny, because I normally do when I first see texting shortcuts, but I have forgotten if I did.
Anyway, Point Of View is the bane of my writer’s existence. (Yes, I DO actually exist even when not existing as a writer) At first, I didn’t know this. (The POV killer, that is) I mean, I knew the basics of course. I’m writing in the first person right now. He is writing in the second person in this sentence, and Nathanael is now writing in the third person. However, there are apparently differences in these. Now I don’t know all the techno-mumbo-jumbo stuff, but I will share what I learned and my issues. One thing I apparently like to do a lot is use the 3rd person omniscient too often, even reverting back to it and using it when focusing on a certain character’s POV. (Third person omniscient is basically your know-all, see-all narrator)
I have to remember, preferably when writing, that if a character can’t feel it, see it, hear it, or think it, I shouldn’t be writing it. Oh, and the incessant POV hopping can be confusing. I have to stick with a character for a scene. This means I have to prioritize my characters. *quickly slams shut the door before characters can escape and locks it. Pounding shakes the door* It almost feels like a shame really. Each character has their own story, and each would like it told…it’s one of the reasons I’ll have story ideas for years to come. And that’s how I have to console myself. One day it will be that character’s turn and I’ll write their story. For today though, I must stick with whom I originally decided to stick with, Daniel Grant and his crew, the SSDF. Sadly, I may have to cut a big part of a mini thread because of this. *the buzz of a saw against the metal door now fills the room*
If you’re a fiction writer as well, do you have a lot of characters pressing you to tell their story at the same time? How do you persuade yourself to just stick with one or a select few?