July 30th, 2005
I did it!!!

I managed to meet my ‘Didn’t go to National novel in a week’ goal. Woo Hoo! No, I didn’t write a novel. My goal was to edit 50 pages and rewrite a chapter. I finished both last night. Today, I will type in all my changes. That should set me up for writing forward from here on out. It’s such a relief.

On the submission front, I heard from my EC editor. She’s going to try to take a look at my submissions next weekend. Yah!!! Fingers crossed she does it.

On a bit of an odd note, I started what I thought was a short story last night. I considered sending it to the market news Paperback Writer mentioned in her blog. (See entry below for more info.) The place wants sexy vampire stories. Anyway…I started writing a story in first person. (I only write in first person for very short bursts.) I’m also not fond of reading first person for some reason. BUT, I think this is actually pretty good. I had my dh read the couple pages I wrote. (He loves me, so he will tell me the truth.) He said he thought it was very sexy and that I should turn it into something. Now I’m wondering if I can write first person long enough to make it a novella or more. Hmm…

I know I’ve asked you all if you’ve ever written in a genre you thought you could never write in. This time I’d like to know, have you ever changed POV and had it change your writing significantly for the better?

32 comments to “I did it!!!”

  1. Yeah.

    I tried first person for a short. And a story that I had had 8 drafts of.

    Did it help?

    Well, not sure I liked it. It felt constricting, because whilst I don’t headhop that much, I like writing about other characters’ feelings and POV too. Besides, I don’t especially enjoy first person. There are only a handful of authors whose first person work I’ll read.

    Was it better? That’s subjective. It was better than what I’d been writing before, which wasn’t much since my previous WIP had been rewritten so many times, it was far far away from my original vision of the story.

  2. D. Angel, I’m not a fan of first person stories either, which is why it surprises me that the writing can be so strong. I just don’t get where it comes from.

  3. I started a paranormal story in first person..Oy! It was hard, I had to keep going back and changing she to I. Yeah, I’m 7K into. It’s also a chicklit-style story…ie humorous LOL! Chicklit? Me???

  4. I haven’t done it yet, but am considering it for the future.
    Frankly, I think some people handle it badly. But when it’s good, it’s very, very good, and I might like to give it a try.

    If it’s that good, give it a shot, hon! 🙂

  5. I sorta kinda already commented on this below *g* but yeah I know switching my current wip to present tense (it was already first person) made a HUGE improvment–at least to me–but writing in first is definitely more work IMO. I know I am very conscious of how much I use “I” so I end up trying to find more creative ways to structure sentences.

  6. Congrats on meeting your goal! Hope your EC editor likes your story and contracts it. As for writing in 1st. person, I tried it in my previous story ‘coz it called for it. Everything needed to be seen from the vamp’s POV. I never think about what POV I should use, I leave it to my characters to decide that. *lol*

  7. Way to go, Patrice!!! Keep at it. I can see you writing funny. You have a good sense of humor.:-)

  8. Raine, I think it’s good, but more than that, it’s different. I seem to go into a completely ‘different’ mode of writing when I switch to first person. It’s almost as if someone else (far more skilled) is doing the writing. It’s a trip.

  9. Cece, You may have nailed it. You DO have to be extremely conscious of your writing when you’re doing first person and much more ‘creative’ in order to convey the other characters in the story.

  10. Silma, That makes sense. Your characters are always a pretty good judge of who should be seeing things. 😉 I’m one of those people that prefer to have more than one person’s POV in a book. That’s why I have no idea if this story will work. I suppose I could switch between first and third, but I’m not sure how well that would go over. I really must pay attention to Stephen King when he says there are no ‘rules’ in writing.

  11. My current novel is my first ever written in first person and I’ve been having a wonderful time with it! I’m really enjoying it and I think it’s turning out well. And my agent and my CP both think it’s good too. So, I think that yes, the change to FP, for this book at least, has been a change for the better. I’d never have considered it before, because I’m like you, I’ve never enjoyed reading FP as much as third, and I’ve only ever written in FP for shorts. Before, I would never have thought I could sustain FP for a whole book, but I’m quite confident I’m going to get the 75K target and probably run over and have to edit down. So, I’d say go for it in FP, Jordan! It’s very immediate and intimate and you really feel that you’re ‘in the story’… ps. my thing is first person *present* too, and I used to hate and despise that, but now I love it…

  12. I wasn’t crazy about first person until I read Patricia Cornwell’s Post Mortem. That book is fantastic and one of the spookiest I’ve EVER read. I devoured all her Kay Scarpetta books, then went on to Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro PI series, which I LOVE and are in first person.

    I used to write in third only. Now I write in 1st most of the time. I’m most comfortable in 1st person and when I look for a book, I’m drawn to the ones written in 1st person. I like the intimacey of it. Like a person sitting and talking with you 🙂

  13. Jorda bad me I forgot to say congrats on meeting your goal and good luck w/the EC Editor!

    I’ve done first and third–I usually break it up by chapter and I’ve never gotten editor complains on it *g*

  14. Love first person when well done. Great to write and great to read. Only drawback I had was my heroine did some lurking at times to hear what others were saying, but that was minimal..:)You are IN the story there.

  15. I’ve enjoyed many 1st person POV books, it’s honestly something that doesn’t influence my reading choice one way or another. I have written a short peice here and there in 1st person, but 3rd comes more naturally. I guess I leave it up to the characters to reveal their voice/pov.

    Congrats on reaching your goal. I didn’t have a goal beyond ‘keep’ writing, and I’ve done that to some extent.

  16. Yay for meeting your writing goal!

    And I HATE first person stories, but I am writing one right now. Go figure.

  17. You do pretty well with nonfiction in first person, Jordan (the weblog — we all write in first person.)
    I never seriously thought I could write historicals — having been told I didn’t have the voice for it — and wouldn’t go near it. Then I was invited to pitch for a historical writer-for-hire job and, thinking I wanted to at least try so I might get another job offer, pitched it. And nailed a three-book contract on the strength of five one-page synopses.
    Writing historicals has brought me to a new place in my work. Before, I was all about just having fun. Now I have the chance to have fun and explore my passion for history in fiction, which is totally serious. If that makes any sense. 🙂

  18. Stupid, forgot to put this: the historicals I write are all in first person — something I’ve never written in outside of my SF books.

  19. Yay on reaching your goal! Hope you had/have a worthy celebration!
    I’ve thought about writing FP, and probably will at some point. I see it as a challenge and I do love challenges. I don’t really care if a book is FP or not, just that it clicks with me and is “good” (in my extremely subjective opinion of course – lol).
    I think romance is hard to do first person – though I enjoyed Stephanie Bond’s Cover Me – because so much emotion has to be expressed by two or more people. Hard enough when you can “see” into their heads, and has to be much more difficult to get across when you can’t. Best of luck with your project. I’ll be very interested to read it when it finishes the long, winding road to being published!

  20. Wendy, That’s good to hear. I’m still not fond of it as far as reading goes…(except for Sherlock Holmes). Yes, I know I’m a goob. I do hope I can keep up the writing.

  21. Trace, I think it’s interesting that you’re naming mystery/suspense books. I do think they lend themselves to first person.

  22. Thanks Cece! 🙂

  23. CJ, My current WIP is flipping between first and third. I can definitely see the appeal with writing it. I’m just not sure if I can do an entire book yet.

  24. Jaq, That’s pretty much what I did when I started this short. I heard the heroine’s voice in my head and she was ‘speaking’ in first person.

  25. Larissa, I believe we are on the same page once more. LOL!

  26. PBW, I’ve allowed more people than I care to recall influence what I write. It’s really easy to let ‘authority’ convince you that you can’t do something. Until you try, you just never know. I attempted my first historical in 2003. I thought it turned out all right. And, only one vampire made an appearance. (wg)

  27. PBW, Wow! You don’t see many 1st person historicals outside of straight historical writing. Way to go! I’m glad you succeeded despite the ‘good’ advice. 😉

  28. Thanks Eve for the well-wishes and the positive thoughts. 😀

  29. Re. what PBW said about weblogs and FP. I definitely think that writing my weblog is what gave me the tools to write fiction in first person. I’m more or less using the same voice, or a very similar one, in the book, that I use in the blog. Don’t think I would ever have attempted FP if I hadn’t been a blogger! 🙂

  30. Wendy, That’s the weird thing. I don’t think my first person use in my blog is ANYTHING like my first person POV in my fiction. (And that’s a good thing. LOL!)

  31. Congratulations on making your writing goal for conference week, Jordan!!

  32. Thanks Suzanne!!! A little bird told me your presentation was the bomb. 😀