The POV Challenge

As I began writing my third novel (Fourth if you count my practice one), the POV question had been floating around in my head. Do I write this in first person where I’m in the MC’s head the entire time and this protagonist is in every scene? It’s a comfortable place for me. Or do I stretch myself and write in third person, specifically close third person? Think of this POV like a camera hovering over the MC’s head, where you can visit their thoughts but also see things they don’t as you write their story. It’s both internal and external.HENDERCAM

I visited Amazon to view the recent middle grade releases. I was hoping to see a trend but found there to be a mix of both POV”s, although first person had the edge. After reading the first pages of ten books, I decided trends don’t matter. What it boils down to is what POV will allow me to tell the most page turning story possible?

I forged ahead and wrote the first few pages in close third person to get a feel for the direction. I certainly didn’t want to complete an entire novel in third person only to realize it’d be better in first person. A rewriting nightmare! For now I’m going to continue down the path of third person. If doubt continues to creep in about POV choice, I’ll switch. Meanwhile, what’s your preferred POV?

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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4 Responses to The POV Challenge

  1. Dawne Webber says:

    I think it was a great idea to look up the trends. Too bad it wasn’t more help. I get an idea and start writing the story/novel before I do any planning (although I do plan it out more eventually). And POV just happens when I write.

  2. I’m the same way with my planning. Only 1,000 words in so I’ll see how it goes.

  3. I use a close third person. I met with an editor at a workshop I went to and she said she felt close third person was the best for middle grade. That sounded like good advice to me, but maybe that’s because that is the PoV I am most comfortable with.

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