Shall I take a first person point of view? This is where I tend to have begun the thought process and building of my story. As I begin to sort out the details, I realize that some of these details may not be applicable if I write from the first. I begin to wonder ... Should I switch it to all third person point of view? As I begin to follow the details from this perspective, I feel that some of the character connection becomes lost and I'm not sure how to make up for it. Switching back and forth can be confusing and disorienting at times, so then I become confused. How does one decide which voice to take?
Just in case anyone needs a refresher, here is the differences among the points of view (pulled from Wikipedia - Narrative Mode):
- FIRST: A character within the story is the narrator (portrayed as "I" or "we") and internal dialogue and feelings can be portrayed.
- SECOND: Rarely used in literature, the narrator switches to "you," allowing the reader to become a part of the story. Think of the old school "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, in which the reader actually chooses the path of the story.
- THIRD: The narrator is a neutral party, able to view multiple characters as if watching from above. Feelings of the character(s) may or may not become a part of the story.
WRITERS: Have you faced this dilemma before? How have you worked through it?
READERS: Do you find yourself preferring one perspective over the other? If so, why?