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So I'm writing in 3rd person for this new project. I've done it before. You see, although all the books in my past two series are 1st person, the hero's point of view (POV) is always in 3rd person. So I can do it...theoretically.
The problem I'm running into is that although I understand how to write in that POV, its never been the main POV of my novel. Since he is the love interest and invariable described, scrutinized, and drooled over by my 1st person heroine, you already know what he acts like, looks like, feels like when he's holding her...or rather, you -- the first person heroine.
But! I'm having a heck of a time introducing character description and even internal musings in 3rd as the main point of view. I feel, as does my critique partner, that the main character is...dim?
Not dim-witted...but not as vivid as my 1st person characters. Am I struggling with deep point of view? Do I not identify with her as much because of that? Is it that its a historical-ish type of book and that makes me falter?
I DON"T KNOW!!!!
I'm struggling here and this is very new to me. I usually really plot out my characters and fully understand them and their motivations and this time is no different. I've got her down pat. I just can't get her out of my head as fully realized as I want.
Maybe I need to rewrite my current 16,000 word manuscript as 1st person before I go any further. I mean...its only chapter 10 out of 40 or so. One quarter of the way isn't too much to re do, but...
It totally is. I don't like the idea of rewriting that much. Truly horrifying prospect.
Anyway...I know a lot of you are 3rd person authors or readers and I would truly love some thoughts.
Blessings ~ rb