Today’s guest blogger is author and businesswoman N. Isabelle Blanco, whom I had the absolute pleasure of meeting this past weekend at the Authors in the City event in NYC.
Finding Your Voice: Writing in First Person (or Third) by N. Isabelle Blanco
No, no, no, and no.
LOL, okay, I agree, some authors are a “one-voice” type of writer and should stick to one point of view only.
However, I am completely against those who say all authors should stick to one point of view. I have read many authors who can write in each point of view—first-person present, first-person past tense, and third-person—brilliantly. I, myself, write in whatever point of view speaks to me during the writing of each story.
And that’s the point. As an author, I advise you to sit down and see which one talks to you.
Sometimes it’s not as simple as waiting for a point of view to come to you. Sometimes you have to try one on and see how it fits.
For example, I’ve been writing between first-person past and third-person for years. I remember the first time I read a book in first-person present. All I could think was, What the hell? It sounded so weird in my head. It was like my mind didn’t want to accept it.
Then, boom, I started writing a story recently, and guess which point of view took over?
Yup. First-person present.
And guess what else? I write better, harder, faster in first-person present. Now, it’s my little go-to solution when facing writer’s block. The words won’t come? I rush into first-person present, and voilà. So far, it’s worked every time. Will it always work? I don’t know, but so far, it’s the charm.
Bottom line: experiment. Don’t listen to anyone’s opinion about what point of view you should write in. Listen to your gut and your muse. They know what they’re saying. ^_~
About the author:
N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.
An avid reader in her teens, her fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fan fiction, which became her on-again, off-again hobby for the next ten years. During that time she amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fan fiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world.
N. Isabelle Blanco now has three novellas and two full-length novels under her belt and spends her days working as an author, web programmer, marketer, and graphic designer. That is when she isn’t handling her “spawn”, as she calls her son, and brainstorming with him about his future career as a comic book illustrator.