I’m currently changing the novel that I’m currently writing (Players for those playing at home) from a first person narrative to third person limited. I find writing in first person much easier, even though it doesn’t particularly show in my writing.
“Third person limited point of view is a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows only the thoughts and feelings of a single character, while other characters are presented only externally. Third person limited grants a writer more freedom than first person, but less than third person omniscient.”
While: “A first-person narrative is a story from the first-person perspective: the viewpoint of a character writing or speaking directly about themselves and what they see.”T
Even though I’m 50,000 words deep on Players, yesterday I started playing around with the narrative voice and decided I would test out changing it to third person limited and so far I think it’s changing for the better, which always makes me happy!
Even if I eventually decide to change it back (just swap back to that edit), I find that it’s a really good exercise for me personally to go back through and really focus on the story and the development of character if I’m feeling a little writers block-y or lost in the story.
Which I am now.
I try to write every day on a number of projects, but sometimes when I get writers block on a particular project I give it a break, or rather give my mind a break from that project, and as good as that may be for my creativity in regard to that project, sometimes I can lose the rhythm of the story, or the heart of the characters.
Reading it back thoroughly and carefully is very helpful, and at this point, is getting me inspired and excited about Players again. That, other projects, (mainly short stories at this point) reading, and of course, general life stuff.
Like, the actor Shia La Beouf sitting in a cinema for 3 days watching all of his movies in chronological order whilst live streaming his face over the internet. I could write a story about that for sure. In fact, I am. Thanks, Shia.