Friday, November 26, 2010

Weddings, and NaNo, and Books, Oh My!

This month was the month I left my sanity behind. We've always had a shaky relationship, but this month we had the big break. I'm hoping we can reconcile soon.

My sister got married this month (Congratulations, Beth!) and I still thought it was a good idea to start National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 30 days, 50,000 words, and a wedding? What was I thinking? The wedding went off well, but the novel won't be finished by the 30th.

I got a good start on it, though. I have two main characters who alternate telling the story. One character tells her story in first person, the other uses third person. I wasn't sure about it, because I know having multiple points of view in a story can be confusing. So far it seems to be working out pretty well.

I like reading stories where you get to hear from more than one character. I like to know what everyone (important) is thinking and feeling. One thing that always throws me is when the shifts aren't clearly marked, or if the characters all have similar voices. I think having the difference in the narration (first vs. third person) helps keep the characters' voices distinct. It's easier to remember to be aloof and distant in third person with Jolie narrating, then switch to first person narration in Tessa's chapters where she feels things more keenly.

What do you think? How do you feel about multiple characters telling a story? Do you like it, or would you rather stick with just one?