Sad puppy:(

sad-brodieIt’s the first Wednesday again. Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Check us out at IWSG. This is a safe and wonderful place to air your fears and triumphs as you write your way to fame.

That being said, I am one sad puppy. I am feeling sorry for myself and for my wonderful characters in my second novel. They are unique and sexy and they are languishing in the worst first draft ever written. I usually sketch or use photos to help me visualize my new players and, as they stare down at me from my bulletin board, I can’t meet their eyes.

However, I think I may have stumbled on part of  the problem. I wanted to write this novel using a dual third-person POV. Or not. My funny ironic voice is just gone. The story is too serious which in SFR is not a good thing. So, I may go back to first person POV. I know this changes a lot for writer and reader, but making my readers smile is important.

What do you think? Does first-person POV make a novel funnier? If not, what third-person POV novel made you laugh?

Any suggestions,  guidance or commiseration is welcome, folks.

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18 thoughts on “Sad puppy:(”

  1. I have seen LOL stuff in third and in first. i really don’t think it makes a difference. Maybe it’s the perspective that a writer brings to the Voice rather than the POV.

    The only example I can think of is the Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. But I can’t remember the spot where I was LingMAO though.

    I’ve been where you are, sad puppy. I once changed a 100K ms from third to first but for a different reason. It did make it better but, sheesh, what a nightmare.

      1. I wrote a story once in third person and someone said they thought it would be better in first. I reworked it but HATED it. So I worked on it some more back in third person and I knew there was no other way.
        Maybe change something up, add something new to the character. Might that get you your ‘voice’ BACK? 🙂

  2. Have you tried writing a scene (or chapter) in different points of view? Maybe one will jump out at you as feeling the most natural. I’ve been working on my current story for nearly two years – for a year and a half my main character was a teenage boy. Then about three months ago I switched the POV to his girlfriend. Lots of people who have been with me from the beginning said this was the right move – and I agree with them.

    Don’t be afraid to experiment. Don’t feel sad. Remember what Ernest Hemingway said: “The first draft of anything is shit.”

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Chris. I didn’t realize how much this was bugging me until I wrote Sad Puppy. I love IWSG. You can say anything and comfort and suggestions come back to you. I have decided to change a lot on this second novel. It has to feel right to me before I can please my readers 🙂

  3. I’m curious what prompted your decision to write this story in third person rather than first person? Was it the story, or was it the characters themselves?
    I’m the opposite of you, as I haven’t felt drawn to writing in first person yet. I’m getting there, as I finally found a way to get myself in a first person narrator’s head without feeling that he has to be me. Maybe you’re having trouble because you can’t seem to relate to characters in the third person yet?
    I would try writing in first person because that seems to be where you’re most comfortable, and see if you can find your way in. Once you do, you might be able to go back to a close third person again, and retain the voice.

    1. My decision about pov didn’t come from the story itself, it came from the characters. I fell in love with them, and I wanted each person telling the story from their pov. Also, because third person offers more options I wanted to tackle this type of storytelling, but it’s tackling me right back. Today I re-did a few pages of chapter one in first person. It was like coming home. For now, that’s my answer. When the male character makes his entrance I’ll probably wish I was using third person, but my challenge will be working around the limitations of first person. Time will tell on this one. I’m just glad to be writing again.
      BTW, your avatar looks great.

  4. Aww, sad puppy…needs a hug. I’ve never really thought about POV and humor before. Hmm. My only remotely humorous novel was written in 1st person. There are funny parts in Pride and Prejudice (think Mr. Collins), which is not in 1st person. It’s hard to think of others that aren’t 1st person, though.

    1. I had forgotten about the humor in Pride and Prejudice:) For now, I’m going back to first person. However, I still want to use third person so I’ll write it in short story form. Seems a good way to get my balance in an unfamiliar POV. Thanks for the hug.

  5. The only book that’s ever made me laugh out loud (and over a prolonged period of time) was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. That’s written in third person. Other than that, though, most of the books I’ve read that I might call funny were first person.

  6. Try writing it in First-Person POV first from the POV of all your POV characters, then switching it up in revision. That way you’re in their heads, adapting their voices, before the POV switch so you don’t lose intimacy. Heck, you may even decide you like multiple First-Person POV better!

    Good luck whatever you decide. 🙂

    1. What a great idea! I’m still on the First-Person POV female chapter, but the man’s chapter is coming up. I’m going to do this. And, you’re right, ultimately I may like the multiple First-Person POV. Thanks for an awesome suggestion. 🙂

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