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( Mar. 19th, 2009 12:31 pm)
It's funny, just as I decide to take a break from my novel, it seems my muse has decided it doesn't want me to.  Of course, that doesn't change the fact that I still have a major decision to make before I delve back into the massive rewrite that Tiger Eyes requires me to devote to it.  I started writing TE when I was first married, almost nine years ago now, and my writings have, thankfully, evolved quite a bit since then.  What started as a stand alone novel has turned into at least a trilogy, and maybe even longer than that.  Rajala has became a world all its own, and I have at least a dozen stories aside from TE in mind for the universe I have created.  Of course, the first step would be for me to finish TE (which I guess, technically it is finished, it does have a beginning, middle, and end) but the rewrite that is involved is almost starting from scratch.  Which I have done, two or three times, but I keep returning to this same issue - I don't know if I want to write it in first or third person.

That probably sounds a bit crazy, I mean, it was third person to begin with, but at some point during one of the rewrites I thought it would be interesting if Bryan told it from his perspective and his own words, if you will.  For about a month ideas flowed through my fingers and it seemed as if I was finally getting somewhere again, and then I began to question my decision.   Sure, the rewrite was going great, the story was flowing nicely, but in changing the perspective I had in essence chopped out a large part of the book that had been devoted to another character, Cassandra.  I could retell parts of her story through Bryan's eyes, and I had come to terms with what I had to lose, until I started thinking of the second book.  That storyline would cause a split in my three 'main' characters, the third being Aidan, and they would all be in different locations for a period of years, which would leave Bryan virtually unaware of what was taking place in his former companions lives.  Add to this a fourth character, Kennan, who I felt could give the readers insight on Bryan that he himself was not able to do.  After all, no one sees themselves in the same light as an outsider.

So, then I decided to start again, and this time having each chapter from the perspective of the characters individually, although not in first person (because that would just be confusing, not to mention a bit odd).  I've managed to do about five chapters in this manner, but they don't flow as they did before.  And when I have a new idea I often find that I write it out in first person, without even registering I have done so.  It just seems that first person is what works for me, but I don't know if that is what is best for the story...
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