2016 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In 14 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update 7
Getting the reader to connect with your words starts from the very first line. And who says that line is as important as its content.
I normally use alternating POV between my MCs to tell their stories. Only one of my books, Binding Jax’s Heart, has a single narrator. In it, there are three MCs, and I decided to let Jax tell his story to focus on his growth and to prevent the POV changes from becoming a distraction.
Every time I start thinking about a new project, I default to a dual POV, even when starting the outline. After I have a better idea of what the characters want to say, then I decided if it’s worth having both.
At the moment, I’m planning to re-write the first chapter of my current WIP in first person past to see if it flows better than on third. And, that brings me to my narrator. If I do that change, then, one of the MCs would become the only narrator in the story. Why? Because I want to create an intimacy, I think, the story is missing. I want my readers to be invested in their love story instead of waiting for the POV to change to see what the other character is thinking. I want them to see the second MC through the eyes of the man that had loved him from afar.
So, that’s my plan for this week. Instead of worrying about word counts and outlines, I’m planning to dive deeper into my MCs’ relationship and the events surrounding it. In the end, I should be able to live their story as they recount it to me.
Now it’s your turn to tell. How do you choose your narrator?