So, the good news is that I am wholly focusing on my last round of edits and rewrites to Rose. As usual, it’s gone slower than I might like, but I feel like the time and quality have been above par. I am both happy and unhappy with my progress. This is due in no small part to the fact that I spent so much time away from it, so I feel like I am coming at it truly fresh…which leads in to the bad news.
The bad news is, that I’m far more dissatisfied than I would’ve hoped. Don’t misunderstand—none of my displeasure is based on the characters, the plots, or the theme. In fact, in rereading it, I am very please with those things. Having to change any of them would have really upset me.
Instead, the real problems like in the technical aspects of writing a first-person story. Generally speaking, you find first-person used primarily in crime and mystery novels, certainly not in fantasy. That was probably my primary reason for writing it like I did. The second reason was that I was certain that if I’d written it third person, a lot of the mystery and intrigue would have disappeared, and that Rose herself would have been a far less sympathetic character. That said, while my intentions were good, my execution was, shall we say, less than flawless: exceedingly so.
Shortly after beginning my edits, I was haunted by the abundant use of “I” throughout the story. “I saw,” “I said,” “I thought,” all shouted at me with each paragraph I read. The proliferation of “I” across the entirety of the story slowly drove me mad. I’d unwittingly fallen into the first of many common pitfalls of first-person writing. I was not pleased.
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