He/She, You, or I? #MFRW #Authors #32

This week’s topic is ‘what tense do I write in?’

In school essays, I wrote in 1st person, much like these blog posts.  As I progressed to short stories, 3rd person was the dominant ‘voice’.

But when I attempted my first full-length novel?  I started in 3rd, but before I was finished, I started a 2nd one in 1st person.  By the time I’d finished three full-length books, I’d switched back to 3rd person.  When I decided to pursue publishing, the advice was to switch the 1st-person story to 3rd person, to match the others.

Which was fine, since I’d decided halfway through the story that I wasn’t being fair to the hero, not showing his side of the story.  When I edited it for the 5th time, I found some instances where I hadn’t switched all the ‘me/I/we’s (this before I discovered the ‘search/replace’ button, ha ha!).

So yeah, the short answer is, ‘3rd person’.

The longer answer is, I began writing 3rd person Omniscient, which, I discovered, the rules had changed and no one liked head hopping.  At the time, I was writing much like the books I was reading, Danielle Steele, Judith Michael, and other early works.  Fast-forward twenty years, and that’s a no-no.  Stick to one person POV per scene.

And now I notice it more!

Oh yeah, I manage to sneak one past an editor here or there…..just as long as I don’t do it too much, ha ha!

What tense do you prefer to read in?  I’ll read some 1st person, but I really prefer 3rd.  I hate, hate HATE 2nd person!  Even more so than 1st person, present tense.  Ugh!  Don’t even get me started on that topic!

What do other authors prefer?

Update On Mom:

I’ve actually been gone this week, returning tomorrow.  Mom has her physical therapy consult today.  When I find out the results, I’ll update here.  See you next week!  I’ll be back at the Mosey Down Main St again on Saturday.

I was very disappointed in our Watermelon Festival.  The last few years, I’ve managed to sell an average of 4-5 books…..this year, I sold only two, as I was packing up things at the end of the night.  My colleague sold two also earlier in the day, so technically we broke even.  Hope I have better success on Saturday!

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Promotion, Movies, and Mom #MFRW #Authors #31

This topic was somewhat already covered in Week 28, but I will update you on my mom.  Her MRI showed the scoliosis, the spinal stenosis, and it showed ‘bulging’ discs.  She’s set up with a physical therapy consult next week, as well as her 2nd opinion with the neurosurgeon later this month.

What have I been doing, since I’m obviously NOT writing at the moment?  We’ve been having a daily movie time, and have watched:

-Brigadoon

-Cleopatra

-Chariots of Fire

-Moonlight Kingdom

-Despicable Me 2

-Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (half; the disc froze and refused to play anything further)

-Excalibar

At the moment, I’ve also been heavily promoting my books and getting the word out about the new Whispers Anthology my writers group is close to releasing.  Last month, I set up at two events in my hometown, and was thrilled when I sold 15 books between the two.  This weekend, I’ll be at our local Watermelon Festival, then actually spending a week at home.  Next week when I post this, I’ll be getting ready to head back to my mom’s.

Have a good weekend and check out these other fine posts.