August 9, 2019
I don’t know what it is about first-person perspective, but it just flows out of me. For the past several days I struggled to write even a thousand words of third-person perspective. Then today, I managed to write 4500 words of first-person.
That’s just crazy.
Part of that might be because I started a new story and a new story is often easier to write. But I think it’s mostly because of the perspective. Apparently, it’s just far easier for me to first-person, and I assume the opposite is true for other writers.
This proves that writing is really about finding the right story and the right voice. For the past three days when I couldn’t produce anything, I was certain I would become a writing failure. Then today, after producing 4500 words, there’s suddenly light at the end of the typewriter. I might be okay at this writing thing after all.
Web novels require a constant and continuous output, so a writer’s daily word count is crucial to their success. I’m starting to think I should have experimented a bit more to see what type of story and what type of narrative would have worked best for me before I began releasing CAPS. I still like the concept of the story, but I’m finding some difficulty in getting through it. The good news is I’m learning to write third-person perspective, which at the end of the day, is the most popular perspective for fiction. On top of that, third-person perspective lets tell multiple perspectives beyond the main character.
Some writers do first-person then switch to third-person, but I’ve always found that very strange. I’ve read a couple of web novels that do this, and I don’t think they work. If I’m reading first person, I want to stick with that character in that perspective to the end. Otherwise, what’s the point?
The other thing I noticed is that when I’m writing third-person, the mental imagery is actually from a third-person perspective. I tend to write my stories as I watch them play out like a movie in my mind. When I write first-person, the mental movie takes place from a first-person point of view. I don’t know what this says about my writing process, but I find it fascinating.
I’m now wondering if my word count will increase for third-person if I can trick myself into seeing my third-person story from a first-person point of view. That would be wacky.