Writing Wednesday: How Many POVs Are In There?

Last Week’s Goals

All three blog posts went out as scheduled. All my available stories are circulating in the markets.

There are now two days until what was supposed to be my next scheduled release day (May 13th.) I have decided the release will be my third Detective Jimmy Delaney collection, and even though the release day will TECHNICALLY be May 20th instead, it’s available on preorder, and you can read it for FREE NOW through a Smashwords presale. Further information is on my Current Book Promotions page.

I wrote on six days last week, and made my daily quota on three of them again. I missed my weekly word quota with 2,786 words, all on Swordsmaster #2 (now at 111,295 words.)

A Point Of View Revision

I hate revisions. (I probably don’t say that enough.)

I’m very production-oriented. It’s easy to see how much I’m getting done when I’m writing a first draft – there’s a measurable word-count. But revisions feel like I’m just pretending to write. Yeah, I know it needs to be done, but I believe it’s the part of writing that causes most writers to stall, never actually finishing their book because they get into perpetual revision loops.

It’s hard to know when it’s actually done. You have to have a sense of when you are letting the quest for (impossible) PERFECTION become the enemy of GOOD ENOUGH.

Well, I hate it, as I said, but I am committed (or should be.)

Swordsmaster #2 is in the middle of a massive revision. I’ve already broken up the story into scenes, and I’m working through them one at a time. This isn’t even to make it clean, yet. I’m not line editing – some of what I’m doing is making sure that I don’t have any plot inconsistencies, especially since I’ve moved a couple of the scenes around.

But the main difficulty I’m having is with Point Of View. As part of this exercise, I’ve shifted the POV character of many of the scenes, thinking that the scene might be more interesting from someone else’s perspective. Since much of what I wrote before was from Close Third Person to Omniscient, I’ve been struggling with pieces of information that the old POV character knew, but the new one is ignorant of. That’s involved a lot of changes.

And I’m not even sure that I won’t be changing some of these POV’s again. There are currently 127 scenes, divided between 18 characters, some of those with only one scene. That is probably splitting the story too much (the story is 111,000 words currently), and I suspect so many POVs will make it difficult for the reader to follow the story, or identify strongly with any of the characters.

So –

Once I’m done with this revision, I’ll decide which characters I want as my POVs (probably around six or eight of them) and reassign scenes so I can revise them again.

It’s going to be a LONG TIME before Swordsmaster #2 is ready for some line edits.

Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

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Reaching Out

William Mangieri’s writing has been published on Daily Science Fiction and The Arcanist. His ninety or so short stories and related collections can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

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