Point of VIew

The POV Cop Out

I love writing in 3rd person limited. It's my go to POV. The vast majority of the books I enjoy reading are in 3rd person limited. It feels just right to me. Generally, 1st is too narrow a POV. Omniscient is too broad. 

So, now I'm writing a first person POV novel, and I'm finding myself in an interesting situation: for the first time in a very long time, I can't just change POV to show off something cool that I want to share.

For example, one of my principals, but not the POV character, just left with a secondary character. They are going to have a conversation about something that the POV character experienced. They are going to talk about the POV character. There is no way for my POV character to overhear this conversation. Selfishly, I want to know what happens in this conversation (and of course, I will, because I'm making it up). But, there's also a part of me that wants to share what is going to happen with that conversation with the reader.

Certainly I can recap later, but that's not the point. I am SO used to being able to go </endchapter> and then jump to another headspace in another character to cover something going on there. I don't get to do that with this book. I think that's good for me, but it's a real pain in the ass, that's for sure.

So far, I have to say that 1st person is both much much easier and infinitely more difficult to write. I have exactly one plot line to juggle right now. This is compared to the seven I have in my other novel. One is much easier. But, I also have to be much more strategic about where this character goes, because if I want to have something 'on screen' I have to include my POV there. I can't send three characters in three directions and still see everything they are doing. 

Interestingly, in many ways, I think writing the super complex, multiple POV book helped me prepare for this one. I'm excited to see where things wind up.