So far using multiple character POV’s instead of only Ares’ first person narrative has worked out really well. It doesn’t limit me to only his perception and enables me to add a lot more to the story. I like to write character-based if you want to call it that. Personally I tend to throw books against the wall that feature stereotypical characters only, they drive me nuts, even if the story may be good in some cases.
There are also disadvantages though, the major one right now being the fact that multiple characters and their perspectives tend to make books a lot longer. Looking at the beginning of Light when I still used only Ares’ POV I’m hoping to be able to scratch many things, but then again there will be additions from the other characters…see my problem here? I’m really trying to be brief, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
So far I’ve included Ares, Damian, Jay, Orpheus, Raeyn and Veleine as individual POVs. I’ll probably also write for Naerya since she’s the only character of the main cast that I haven’t included yet. And then there are Sirius, Arturiel, Dahlia and Dawn. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them yet. I don’t want a flood of characters, right now seven really are enough. Raeyn and Damian will have a lot of insight into the Empire side, but I’m not sure about Dawnelle.
She’s a really strong female character and is important for the plot itself, probably even more than Sirius Nymeron. Including her it would be eight POVs which is pretty heavy on the character side, but still doable. Maybe she’ll be included in book 2 which deals more with the Empire itself. I guess I’ll once again just see where the plot goes and what it requires.
Yes I’m a spontaneous writer. Right now I’m just working on getting the first draft done and am on a roll. This weekend has been great for writing (3000+ words) and I’m hoping to get some more of chapter Fifteen done today 🙂
Another thing I definitely want to do is make an outline of what I’ve written so far, dividing it into different scenes and plots/subplots. It’ll be a lot of work to get it down on paper, but it’ll help me a lot to structure my writing right now and the re-write of the first draft.