Just another wannabe author…


I was planning to do a rewrite for Camp NaNoWriMo… rebel yell and all that jazz.  And now, with slightly more than six days to go….


I’m still having a serious caniption about the whole ‘you should have written a different perspective’ thing.  That is a big issue in my brain.  And it has everything else freaking out.  Perspective affects everything.  Style, voice, character.

First person is hard for me to write in, it was a challenge, that’s why I started this story that way.  The voice is different, I have to get into my narrator’s head, think like her, be her.  She is not that much like me.  Yet I still need to BE her.

Third person is easier.  I can write more clinically, like one would write history.  Of course, it still has to be more interesting than a dry text book.  I don’t have to worry so much about ‘would she be able to see/hear/smell/know this?’  I can go into gloriously pointless description of the candle on the desk.  Or perhaps how the light bends around the corners.  I don’t have to care if she would care.

I enjoy writing first person for the difficulties.  I want to write in first person.  I think it fits my current story and genre well.  And still I freak.

See?  This is why you do not let anyone read it before it is all written out.

Stupid, stupid writer.

So, now I want to write some epic post apocalyptic crap that I have not researched, prepared for, built a world for.  Or maybe a wonderful scifi that I have no idea for.  Or maybe a high fantasy novel.  Anything but this book I need to rewrite.  Gah!


Comments on: "Conflicts!" (2)

  1. It took me a long time to come to terms with first person. I mainly write YA fiction, and that’s a huge trend in YA fiction, but still I resisted for a long time, because it’s so hard. Also because, for whatever reason, I hadn’t typically enjoyed reading it. Until I discovered Melina Marchetta. Saving Francesca made me see the beauty of first person, and her style felt different from all the rest. I love it, and it’s what finally helped me to find my own first person voice.

    • Shira Windschitl said:

      I admit to starting writing in first person simply because it was a challenge. It is HARD. I love it now, I get to delve so deeply into my main character/narrator in ways I never had before, speaking with their voice. And yet, it’s STILL hard.

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