Hi, fellow women’s fiction readers and writers. It’s opinion time.
First, a brief background. When I say I write women’s fiction, it’s not to be confused with romance. My stories are about relationships between women, usually friends, often unlikely friends. There is no romantic leading man involved.
I write in third person POV 100% of the time, until this latest manuscript.
To switch things up, I started it in First Person POV. But after reading several blogs by well-respected writers, I reconsidered my initial decision.
One opinion that I read brought up an interesting point, and I’m paraphrasing here. One drawback to writing in First Person POV is that if the reader can’t identify with, or straight up dislikes the protagonist, then it can possibly ruin the book for them.
So, I went back and changed the 15,000 words or so that I had already written in First Person to Third Person POV. (I don’t recommend doing this…it’s a pain in the a**)
But every once in a while, as I’m writing, I find myself using “me” or “I said” accidentally, and wonder if I should go back to First Person. Which is odd, because the story isn’t biographical, and as I said, I don’t usually write in First Person.
I think most women’s fiction is written in Third Person, though it isn’t unheard of to find a book in First Person POV.
My question to you, the readers and writers of Women’s Fiction, is which do you prefer?
Do you think there’s merit to that opinion about risking the reader not being able to identify with the protagonist?
I’d love to know what you think. I’m now 20,000 words in and if I decide to change it again, I have to commit to it. I couldn’t imagine getting to the end of a novel and going back and change the ENTIRE 80,000+ words to a different POV. #womensfictionPOV