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Why I Write in Alternating Points of View

Most of my books, save DEGREES OF WRONG, are written in alternating points of view. This, in itself, doesn’t seem to bother readers. What DOES bother readers, is that I’ve been writing the heroine in first person point of view, and the hero in third person. I’ve read several reviews where I’ve actually lost a star for writing it this way and I feel an explanation is owed because my readers are so important to me. There is a reason for this madness, but if these reasons are working for you, I want to know.

Reason #1
I want you to BE the heroine. I want you to feel what she feels, and think what she thinks, so I write her in first person. Plus, while I write, I AM the heroine. She is me and I am her. Not that I couldn’t write her in third person, I just feel more of a connection to her in first person.

Reason #2
I want to feel a little distance from our hero, so I write him in third person. He’s usually our love interest, and writing him in first person just might make me blush, I kid you not. I don’t necessarily presume to know what a guy truly thinks either, so I want to keep a bit of distance so it doesn’t feel like I’m a guy. So…

Reason #3
I feel that writing one in first person and writing the other in third gives them just a little more distinction in their voices. I never want you to confuse whose chapter you’re reading, and I feel writing them in different points of view helps that.

All that said, I’m writing NEMESIS, my Egyptian-based YA fantasy, the same way. The thing is, it’s not too late to change it. If you favor the same point of view for each character, tell me! I don’t care if you leave an anonymous comment. This is a sincere outreach to fans–does it bother you or not? I want you to enjoy my books as much as possible, and if this point of view issue is something that pulls you out of the story, let me know here in the comments. If you like, let me know that too!

Thanks for your input! It means so much, and I promise my goal is to please! 🙂

4 Responses

  • Feb 4, 2015

    I don’t usually care as long as each point of view is well written. I’ve read a book where both point of views are written in first point of view which is fine with me as long as I can tell their voices apart. I did have a little issue with that in one book but just checked the chapter title which tells who’s POV it’s from to remember so you have to be careful of that. It does get confusing if they are too similar or I can’t tell them apart.

    I do like the way you’ve done it with your Syrena books and wouldn’t mind seeing it again with your new books. 🙂 I think the reason people say that is because they like to see what’s going on inside the hero’s/love interests head. I think they want to be more intimate because you know how they act like a jerk but really feel something different. It’s a little harder to describe in third person and it might be what the reader wants to see.

    Not sure if that helps but I think as long as it’s well written, most readers wouldn’t care. That’s when it starts to get nit picky in the writing and it’s more on preference. You could switch and see which one you prefer or what betas think. haha That ended up being longer than I intended. Hoped that helped though!

    Aisazia Feb 4, 2015
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  • Shannon
    Feb 4, 2015

    I love the alternating POV’s. 🙂 You’re able to spread the story around a little bit, and it gives you more character characteristics to work with. As long as it’s done well and the plot is good, it’s fine. (:

    Shannon Feb 4, 2015
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  • Anna Banks
    Feb 5, 2015

    Thanks for your input, guys. I don’t mind changing the way I write though, if it’s better for my reader. 🙂

    Anna Banks Feb 5, 2015
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  • Nancy L.R.
    Feb 11, 2015

    I would actually kill for Nicoli’s POV of when Elyse is sick and when they go to land. 🙂

    But I actually prefer reading 1st person POV when it comes to the MC because of the same you reason you mentioned. It’s also what I read most often & I find it weird when the whole book is 3rd person.
    I love alternating POVs & that doesn’t bother me as long as it’s done well.
    I’ve read books where both POVs are in the 1st person where both characters sound just the same & it’s hard to tell them apart.

    Nancy L.R. Feb 11, 2015
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