So my baby’s been out in the world for a week. I’m not sure what it means. Most people seem to be able to find it. Borders seems to carry it more consistently, but I haven’t heard of too many problems finding it at BN either. If your local indie doesn’t have it, let them know they should! Also, I’ll be signing some stock at a couple of BN’s this week, so if you’re in FL and want a signed copy, I’ll let you know where they’ll be.
But on to other things:
I’ve been working on a middle grade book. I tried to write one during NaNo last year. I finished it but I haven’t been able to make it right. Most of the stories I write are in first person. I love FP. It gets me closer to the readers. I can take them into the narrator’s head in ways that third person can’t.
However, this particular MG NEEDS to be in third person. So I’ve been trying to do that. Now, when I start a novel in FP, the first thing I have to hear is the narrator’s voice. I can’t start until I hear that. In the case of Ollie, it was irreverent. In other cases, it’s mysterious or cocky. But in all cases, it’s unique. But my third person voice has always been a stodgy old Brit who sounds like he’s narrating something on the history channel. In other words: BORING.
I kept writing and deleting, writing and deleting. My theory is that if I’m bored writing it, you’ll be bored reading it. So last night, I decided to try something. I created a character. A peeping Tom, if you will. Someone who could watch the story unfold but not be part of it. He was a little wicked, and he knew things he wasn’t supposed to.
It helped me break out of the boring mode of writing and spruced up my third person voice.
So tell me: How do YOU do a third person voice?