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.
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?