Person, that is. One could also ask Who’s on Third (person)? Because no one writes in Second person, unless they want their book to sound like a Choose Your Own Adventure.
So, I began work today on my next novel. It’s a sprawling fat fantasy novel with three different point of view characters, lots of magic, and a fair amount of blowing things up and danger. It really demands a Third Person point of view, since you can’t switch between 3 different First Person narratives without making your readers crazy.
The but is . . . I hate writing in third person. I tend to write from a very close and personal first person point of view, almost inhabiting the character as I write the book. It helps me to focus on the setting to “see” it from the eyes of my main character. First person is just my “thing.” Writing from third person seems unnatural and awkward, putting a distance between the character and the narration.
So, I have to make a big decision: do I cut out the extra viewpoints and make the book more focused on one character, or do I overcome my reluctance to write in third person and continue on with the book as planned.
I’m not entirely sure which way to go with it. Third person is the default for practically everything. I’m not sure why I loathe it so much, when everyone else seems determined to hate first person narratives. Yet I can’t really tell the narrative as plotted if I don’t have eyes in the various far-flung locations. Sigh.
Maybe it will come easier to me as I go on.