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First vs. third-person POVI recently made the switch from writing in the point of view (POV) of first-person to third-person. It was difficult for me to do as first-person is something I have written in since a teen when merely dreaming about being a novelist! The last time I did something that even looked like third-person was way back in primary school.
A lot of my favourite chick-lit authors (hello Sophie Kinsella) also write in first-person, so it’s something my brain is used to seeing.However, first-person seems to be something that is going slightly out of favour as happens with book trends (unless you’re E.L. James or Stephenie Meyer, of course). And the term, chick-lit, is definitely so last century, seeming to have a nineties/Bridget Jones whiff about it…
Some of my other fave authors, like Maggie Alderson and Zoe Foster, have also recently gone to the other side too, now writing in third-person. So I thought it was high time I gave it a go, seeing it seems to be what readers prefer.At first, I found it really, really difficult to make the switch. Everything I typed came out sounding clunky and I had to revise each scene half a million times. It felt extremely tough to get inside a character’s head without being able to write their every thought and reaction.
I wrote that first manuscript in third-person – it sucked – and then I attempted a second. Suddenly, something clicked. I actually began to ENJOY writing from this new perspective – so long as it was deep POV, and thus, not far a stretch from first-person. Plus, I now relished also being able to write from the viewpoint of the hero.Being a chick-lit devotee, I’ve always been inclined to keep Mr Silent Brooding Type more mysterious rather than getting inside his head. But now I’m loving being able to go between scenes in the eyes of the heroine and her love interest.
In another change, I also swapped from present tense to past. Whew!...So, now what the fun is going to be? It’s seeing whether I can swap back to writing in first-person and present tense for a sequel to Cityglitter (another book of mine), so that it looks consistent. Wish me luck! I’ll need it.
Bio: Carla Caruso
Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, grew up amid a boisterous extended Italian family – yet somehow managed to become a bookworm...
Carla always wanted to be a novelist, annoying the kindergarten teachers by dictating long, detailed stories to them. It just took her a while to realise her childhood dream - journalism seemed a more practical course. Her media career has included stints as a newspaper and magazine journalist, government PR and fashion stylist. These days, she works as a freelance journalist and copywriter. She began seriously writing fiction three years ago when she went freelance full-time.
The romance genre appeals as she is a sucker for rom-coms (especially if Channing Tatum is in the mix) and likes to think her Italian ancestry means she lives with passion. Hobbies include watching trashy TV shows, fashion (her mum named her after Carla Zampatti!), astrology and running. She lives in Adelaide.
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Blurb: Second Chance
On the night of her 36th birthday, Flora Brunelli is full of regrets. The celebrations have turned sour
and life hasn’t gone according to plan. Then she finds herself zapped back in time, landing in the summer of 1998 when she was 20 years old. The Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and The X-Files is the hit TV show. It’s also the week Flora’s life unravelled.