Lately I’ve been reading a lot of first person novels. I’m writing my mystery series in first person and think this exercise may be helpful. Sometimes I second guess myself though and think I should change it all to third person, although I like getting into one person’s head and going with it. I don’t know if this will be a smart move or not.
It seems every first person novel I read is entirely different from the last one. I wonder if this is right or not. I have come to the realization that having more then four-five viewpoints are too many for a first person story. So now it’s back to the drawing board for those extra people’s roles in the story. I need to work that in some other way, perhaps though dialogue with a more major character.
I’m a very long winded person, come story or real life, so this is very hard for me to do – cut things back to the bare minimum. I’m working on it and sometimes this entails beating my head on the wall. Eventually, I’ll come up with a story worth reading, I hope.