15 April 2010

What was I thinking?

I'm crazy. Really. I don't know what I was thinking, but I'm regretting it. Ragh!

In the latest manifestation of the coffee house book, each chapter is written about a character who is either a patron or employee of the coffee house and that character's relationship with the coffee house and its owner. Through each chapter, you learn about the coffee house and its owner, as well as the people who fill it.

Well, I decided (for some reason) that this wasn't enough for me in this project. So I also decided that each chapter would be told from the perspective of its character....in first-person point of view.

I know. I can see you shaking your head at me. And believe me, I've been shaking my head at myself since I started this crazy project! And I've been spending the past couple of weeks trying to convince myself that the story would be good--or better--if the chapters are told in third-person POV.

I just can't do it. The chapters need to be in first-person. It's hard, it's frustrating, and it's going to take quite a bit of character biography-ing. Luckily, I found a really great character biography worksheet that's working perfectly for all these "minor" characters, as well as a scene list worksheet that's helping me keep my story straight within the vignettes.

I have more background work than I thought I did, but if it helps keep me organized, it'll definitely be worth it.

I'll get this story written yet!


  1. Ohhh dear. Isn't it fun when your story decides to POV change? ;) The first draft of my poor WIP switches between third and first, like, 4 times I think. And I still don't know which is better.

    Good luck! All the work will be so worth it in the end. Hope to read your coffeehouse book someday!

  2. I know the work will be worth it. It's going to be a much better story for it.

  3. Way behind on the times here, but lemme just say: as much work as this is, as much as you want to wring all their dear little necks for foisting this on you, this is going to be awesome. It's more fun, more challenging, and more interesting! Take it from someone whose characters demand no less than their own voices for their own POVs, and some of whom love them some first person, this is going to turn out much better than you expect! And it'll be a blast - even when you're shouting "Why gods why!?!" at them. ;-)

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, heart sister. And as one of my Wise Readers, you'll be charged with helping me make sure each character's voice is quite individual from the others.

    Hope you're up to that challenge!


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