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,
4 thoughts on “Multiple Points of What-Am-I-Doing”
Best wishes toward getting your points of view to merge the way you see them. Ambitious task.
Thank you! I hope I’m not biting off more than I can…. You get the picture!
But, hell, why not? I can also scale down, if need be…
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
Multiple points-of-view. You’re brave. Good luck!