I’ve been having a bit of trouble with my Gmail account lately, but I managed to get into last night, and I found an interesting article in the newsletter that I get from K.M Weiland. It was about different points of view, and making sure you’d chosen the right one to tell your story.
Now, I’m over a hundred percent certain that I’ve chosen the right point of view – Lexus – for Summer Rush. But I decided to try my hand at writing one of my novel’s scenes in a different POV, just for kicks. Naturally, I chose Rush, the leading male role in the novel.
All I can say is: wow. In one thousand words, I got further into Rush’s head than I ever have in any other character exercise. The scene was written in first person, because that’s what I’m most comfortable with, so I got a bird’s eye view of all Rush’s thoughts and actions.
One thing I noticed is that Rush is far more observant than Lexus. The guy notices everything. It felt so natural to write from his view, even as I was learning all these different things. It was interesting, and it was nice to sort of get a confirmation that I know his character – and could write it – as well as I thought I did.
I know Lexus is still the right main character for this novel, but I know this little exercise is going to help. I’ll probably end up doing it a couple of more times, with different characters and different scenes, for a number of different reasons.
First, it turned the tables on Lexus and made me look at her in a totally different light. Granted, Rush is really fond of Lexus, and usually let’s her bratty behavior slide. But I now know that, while Lexus is intended to be on the selfish side in the beginning of the novel, I have to be very careful to temper that with her better side, or else risk people disliking her.
Second, this really stretches your knowledge of your characters. I think I could write the novel realistically from Rush’s point of view – but what about Lexus’s friend, Tasha, or James? If I know all those characters well enough to write a book about them, I definitely know enough to make them 3D entities for Lexus’s novel!
It was fun to see my setting of Lincoln, California, as well as my main character, through a fresh pair of eyes. I won’t have much time to try this again for a bit, as I’m attempting to get the last of my edits typed up on the computer before this weekend. But I’ll let you know how it goes!