Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Oh My!

I wrote my first "official" scene from a male POV tonight -- AND, it's in third person, which is another first for me. Boy was it weird. (g) But I decided that this new YA really needs to step out of my MC's head to be told properly. There are just too many things that will be better from an outside perspective.

Of course, I'm not sure how people decide which POV to use for a particular scene. The idea of writing it in both and then deciding which is better seems like such a waste of time. But I have a feeling I'll make a few bad calls along the way. Oh well, another experience to gain new techniques.

Another thing I'm struggling with is the decision of how to get my Mc's history into the wip. Her past experiences are very relevant to the story -- and while I think some of it can be implied, there has to be a certain amount shown so people will _truly_ grasp what she's been through. So, I must decide whether to do it through dialogue or a series of mini-flashbacks. I personally like showing more than telling....so we'll see. I need to think on it for a while. Flashbacks are a pain. (g)

This is really odd, but MAN am I writing slow these days. I barely managed 500 words tonight when I used to knock out 2-4K a day. I don't know what it means. (g) Deep down I'm hoping it means that I'm being more thoughtful in what I write. Secretly I'm worried I'm losing steam. I do feel like I could sleep for a month. :) At any rate, I've laid out a schedule for keeping my goals for the month. Hopefully I'll stick to it and get BTPM off my plate. That would be such a relief! I need to haul ass, though... seriously. I've been a loaf so far this month.

Oh, and I _really_ need to come up with a working title for the new YA. I hate calling it untitled ya. (g) Hmmm, nothing's coming to mind. LOL.

4 comments:

Maggie said...

I frequently shift between my hero and heroine's perspective. Some scenes very obviously need to be told in one or the other because the reader needs to know what that particular character is thinking. Others could go either way and I often find that I'll pick one and then if it doesn't "flow", then I'll switch to the other character, and it usually fixes things. Think about what information you need to convey. Is it more important to know the thoughts of one particular character or how another sees that character (i.e., sometimes it's a lot more powerful to have one character watching the character whose reaction you want to catch). Hope that helps a little!

Jen said...

Maggie,

Thanks for the advice! I know it's going to be a tough call on some of these scenes, but I'm thinking if I can show the main action happening from one POV, I can always come back and pick up the reactions of the other MC. Important to show both, I think... just how to strike the balance. (g) I'm sure I'll be picking your brain before long. LOL.

Jen

Susan Adrian said...

[I barely managed 500 words tonight when I used to knock out 2-4K a day. I don't know what it means. (g) Deep down I'm hoping it means that I'm being more thoughtful in what I write. Secretly I'm worried I'm losing steam.]

Dude. You just started a new term of school. Give yourself a break!!

I'm just saying. I never hold myself to impossible goals. La, la, la.

Jen said...

Susan,

LOL -- point taken. (g)

Jen