So, I’m plugging away at my first draft, fighting the ever plaguing voices of self doubt in my head; the voices telling me that ‘this is rubbish’ and ‘what the hell do you think you’re doing? What makes you think you can write a book?’
My main debate this week however, has been point of view. Which one do I choose for my novel? Third person or first person? All these questions and I know I’m not the only first time writer to ask them and I won’t the the last.
At the moment, I am switching between the two. Sometimes I find writing in the third person easier and then I’ll just randomly switch to first person. To begin with, it will feel fresh and immediate but it will occasionally become restrictive. I am trying to work out which one works best for me and do you know what, I’m happy with that.
At first, it gave fodder to the self doubt and allowed it to play but now, I’m trying to relax. I am aware that doing this will give myself extra work in the editing process. It makes my first draft more of a mess than it’s inevitably going to be. That’s the thing about first drafts though – it’s there to make mistakes and to experiment with.
Today, the draft is in the third person but tomorrow, who knows?
Which point of view do you prefer? Do you find one easier to write in than the other?
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