Five Year Writing Goal
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. This is my monthly recap on how I’m doing.
Point of View: The Reluctant Scribe
I’ve written the story from 1st person in-the-moment point of view. As my main character is a 12 year old boy, the language has to be kept simple, childlike in fact. But a tutor has suggested I consider using 1st person reflecting-on-past point of view. This would allow a richer use of language and the possibility of a mature reflection and interpretation.
My fear is that I will lapse into my intrusive-know-it-all narrating voice, and that is exactly what I have been trying to avoid.
So, I have a dilemma.
Despite reservations, I am going to redraft my first few chapters using this more mature perspective and I’ll see how I get on.
Ongoing Editing Tasks
- Typo correcting.
- Consistent use of hyphens and dashes.
- A couple of additional scenes added to flesh out an important character.
- Extra descriptive passage added, in order to help the reader visualise the setting.
- A reflective passage split into two in order to improve the pacing and momentum of the writing.
I’ve described why I abandoned my previous novel and written an analysis of the problems: Learning from Mistakes.