Thank you for your responses on my mid-week check-in! I haven’t responded to all of them just yet but I plan to! Generally the consensus on the POV question was if it feels right in the story, then go for it. Which is sort of what I’m doing, though I have made a small list of a few other scenes that I think could be from other POVs as well, so that it’s not completely out of the blue when I switch to Meg’s. As I said to Kate in response to her comment on my post, when I began the second draft, I had planned on having a few scenes from Prince Felipe’s POV but had never been able to get quite into his head. Mostly because I don’t want to reveal too early that he’s actually not as much of a prat as he pretends to be. There’s a point where Cait has to realise this, and I want to the readers to realise it at the same time.
However, I did manage to write a scene the other day which follows Felipe… it’s not so much from his POV, but from a couple of other characters past whom he dashes and I think it works quite well. It takes place just before this scene as he gives his guards the slip not long before he’s supposed to attend a lunch date with one of the visiting princesses. I’ve also got a chunk of Meg’s scene written, though it may need some brushing up once I’ve nutted out an initial version.
Another thing I realised is that the changes in POV would probably be less jarring if new chapters opened with them, even if I then return to Cait’s POV later in the same chapter… thing is, the story didn’t actually have chapter breaks up until now, so I’m currently playing around in Scrivener inserting them and working out what will be where. Initially I’d decided that the story was too short to require them, but I think they will be better than line breaks for this… speaking of word counts, between all these new scenes I’ve been writing the past week, I’ve added about 3000 new words to this draft. The story might end up closer to the 30000 words I’d originally estimated than I expected.
And in other news, my friend Kate Frost launched her novel The Butterfly Storm on Wednesday and you can buy it from Amazon US or Amazon UK by clicking on either of those handy links. Kate’s also doing a blog tour, the first interview for which can be read on Joanne Phillips’ blog here. Do check it out!
That’s about it from me for now! I’ll catch you later!