Sunday, October 26, 2008

More work (and that's okay)

This weekend I had an epiphany for PAMR. I realized that it really needed to be in first person. I've already written about 6000 words, so changing is going to be no small task. Because, obviously, it's more than just changing every "she" to "I." I've actually gone back tonight and changed the first chapter and it took me several hours. But, I really feel strongly that it's the right choice.

I'm actually kind of excited. As I have been writing it these past few days, there were times when I felt like there was something not quite right. Also, two separate times, I found myself writing in first person without realizing. So, I guess my MC was trying to tell me something. :)

I'm just glad that she told me now, and not after I had written 200 pages or something.

9 comments:

Heather said...

I did that once. I wrote the entire book, edited 3/4ths of it -- and realised it needed to be 1st person. *sigh* It was a good lesson. One I never want to repeat again.

Terri Tiffany said...

Way to go! I changed the manuscript I am working on to other POV and it works so much better. Also did what you did with my first book--I think we know when it just isn't working and need to listen to that.

Renee Collins said...

Oh man, Heather, that's rough. It's one of those terrible epiphanies. But, if the story benefits, so it's worth it.

And it's true, Terri. Sometimes you just know. And it may be hard to listen, but that inner voice is almost always right.

Natalie said...

It's so good you picked up on it now. I was about 2.5 chapters into Void when I realized it needed to be in third person. It was originally first person!

And zombies...well, we all know I botched that one up good. I'm also changing that to third person eventually.

Renee Collins said...

Natalie, yeah, I had two chapters written, twenty pages. So, I have a bit of work ahead of me.

Also, I thought zombies worked well in first person! I don't think you botched it at all.

Joanne said...

First person gives a whole different feel to a story, more personal. Glad you decided before you were too far into it. Also, love the moon smaller in your header, very effective this way.

Renee Collins said...

Thanks Joanne. That big moon was starting to get on my nerves. :)

And, yeah, I think my story needed a more introspective, personal feeling to it.

Diana said...

I know I haven't read your book, but from what I have heard first person seems to fit it. You are the real item Ren:) I am still outlining my book. PS see my blog for info on the new idea:)

Renee Collins said...

Yay, you posted! I'm pleased. And, I need to email you about this new book. :)