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Multiple Points of What-Am-I-Doing

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Okay, so who told me to write a novel with multiple, third-person points of view? Three, to be exact. I’ve never attempted multiple viewpoints. It’s a whole new narrative world.

While I’m enjoying the separate viewpoints, I’m not so sure I’m merging them in a very, um, skillful way. But that’s what revision is for, right?

I’d forgotten what it’s like to be smack in the middle of a first draft—when the thing is unfolding, but you don’t know where it’s taking you. First drafts are a hot mess—as the current lingo goes—an untamed rush of great flailing promise, over abundance and poor judgment. I’ll worry about reigning it in later.

When I’m feeling especially lost, though, I recall the great novelist E.L. Doctorow’s words on first drafts. Doctorow passed away this month at the age of 84. R.I.P.

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

–Keep the faith, friends,

Karen

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4 thoughts on “Multiple Points of What-Am-I-Doing

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Multiple points-of-view. You’re brave. Good luck!

  2. It is brave, because it’s like you’re writing three separate books–three main characters and three storylines. But I know if anyone can do it, you can. Can’t wait to hear how it progresses. Best of luck! –Cathy

  3. Best wishes toward getting your points of view to merge the way you see them. Ambitious task.

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