So I finished MS#2. Woohoo! Kind of. It's drastically short for a YA sci-fi and needs all sorts of revisions. But at least I'm at a starting point.
After finishing, I started thinking about all the work it needs and revisions to do (as any of us crazy people trying to write novels do). I started to think that the LI needed to be fleshed out, like, waaay more. I know his back story, but it didn't really come across in the draft. And as I thought about it, I realized, that maybe he has a story to tell too. (I mean, he does).
The thing is I always write 1st person (past). I really like first person. It's my favorite to read and my favorite to write. But it's really limited. You only get one person point of view and that's it. So I've started thinking, maybe I need another POV.
There are a lot of books that alternate between POVs and do so in different ways. There's third person POV where you can kinda change whenever you want (to an extent) or you can do it chapter by chapter, like in Laini Taylor's DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT which gives many POVs. Then there's many books that do alternating first person POV chapter by chapter like Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER and THE SCORPIO RACES, or Beth Revis's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.
I've been asking some peeps on Twitter, why they use dual or multiple POVs, because I'm not sure if that's what my MS needs. Maybe the MS could be fleshed out without another POV. So what are some of the reason people use dual POVs? And what are some reason not to?
And, I'm scared to write boy POV. I don't consider myself a girlie-girl, but the thought of being inside a dude's head is so foreign that it's scary. What if it doesn't sound authentic? What if it doesn't work?
WELL, that's where CPs come in. I'm sure they'll tell me if it doesn't work. I just need to start writing and see if it's what I want for my book. It might not work for me, but I can't let nerves and jitters stop me from writing what the book needs, if that is indeed what it needs.
So despite thinking I was done MS#2, I think I'm about to revisit it with a boy's POV.
Why do you write or not write in multiple POVs? I'd love to hear your reasons!