I was just working along, breaking the outline into rough chapters, so I could figure up how much plot I’d have to write each day rather than words. (I’ve already said my goal is to finish the story this year, remember.) Then I came to a chapter that can only be written from another character’s point of view. To make it worse, the chapter immediately following that can only be told from a third POV.
Seriously, these events don’t happen until chapters 16 and 17. That’s a little late to start switching POVs. And I could go back and change some of the earlier chapters into their POVs, but there are four brothers and that’s a lot of perspective switching. I neither want to write in that many people’s heads nor do I want to put my readers into that many heads. 1) I don’t think it’s necessary, and 2) I’m honestly just trying to write different from my usual.
Everything else I’ve ever written has used multiple POVs. I have nothing against using multiple POVs, but I’m trying to challenge myself. To me, it seems easier to write using many characters because you can always show the action rather than have them hear about it second hand. But life isn’t like that and for once, I want to write a story isn’t like that. I want to really connect with my ONE main character.
Small diversion for a little story information: It’s about four brothers who are left with nothing when their dad walks out and the quick descent into the hell that can be life as they go from suburban upper-middle class to poverty. (No, I can’t get rid of any brothers, they’re all integral to the family dynamic.)
I know at this point you’re probably thinking. “So what? Just have the MC hear about it second hand.” But I hate to lose the impact of the events and to not see them unfold. I can already picture the scenes in my head and they could be so powerful.
Yeah, basically I’m just whining because sticking to one POV is going to be hard. Why do I set these challenges for myself?