Is it me or her?

Hey there,

Hope you are well today. 🙂

I’ve spoken a bit recently over my slight panic with book three when, 20k in, I realised I didn’t really know what I was doing or what was going on, which isn’t ideal. After a lot of scribbling randomly on bits of paper I thought I’d cracked it and came up with a list of things I thought needed to be different. I happily re-started book three with all this in mind, tip-tapping away on my laptop, but I still had a nagging feeling that something just wasn’t right.

Me: I don’t know what to write. I know what the story is, but I don’t know how to write it.

Brain: It should be in the 1st person, not the 3rd.

Me: Don’t be silly. I can’t do that. Books one and two were in the 3rd person and I don’t know enough about this writing lark yet not to stick to what I’ve done before.

Brain: It should be in the 1st person, not the 3rd.

Me: I’ve only written short stories in the 1st person. A whole book is HUGE. I’ll make POV slips EVERYWHERE.

Brain: *yawns* It should be in the 1st person, not the 3rd.

Me: But…but…

Brain: Is it lunchtime yet?

Me: FOCUS. Perhaps I should just re-write the first chapter in the first person and see how it goes…

Brain: There you go.

And it seems to have worked. The drain of my brain is now unblocked (Brain: Hey! I’m not a drain) and the story just feels better.

So onwards and upwards until the next crisis. I’ll keep you posted.

Brain: You still haven’t apologised for the drain comment.

Me: *sighs*

I’ll go now.

Elle xx

6 thoughts on “Is it me or her?

  1. Hi Elle

    These brains are a pesky business aren’t they?! I’ve decided just to ignore mine and write hell for leather, no choice really. I ended March with not a word written on my NWS submission for this year, as I spent so long faffing about with last year’s and getting ready for submission, after it got a second read.

    I have written 54,000 words since the start of April and I am on track to get to 80,000 (and the finishing line, hopefully) by the end of this month… However, it will be a very rough draft and I will be forced to let my brain back in at that point to do some serious editing! Is your WIP being submitted for the NWS or have you got that sorted already?

    Jo x


    • Hi Jo,
      Well done with getting a second read last year, that’s a great achievement. And you’ve done so well since April – keep up the good work 🙂
      I’m submitting a revised version of the book I sent last year to the NWS – I want to see how I’ve done taking on board the comments I received. I’m very grateful for the NWS!
      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment 🙂 xx


  2. I did wonder what this post was about when it appeared in my inbox (‘is it me or her?’!) Thank G, it’s about point of view. I did something similar yesterday-converted a scene from third to first, to get to know the character better. This is something I’ve done before and then I converted it back to third. Was thinking about writing a blog post on the subject as it’s a handy exercise. In this case, I may keep the point of view as first though as it seems to work well, haven’t decided yet! Hope you had a good birthday weekend Elle.x


    • Hi Anita
      It is hard to decide sometimes which approach is best and I guess the only way is to try both! I’m interested to read your blog post on the subject.
      Thank you – I had a lovely birthday weekend. We went out for dinner both nights, so I didn’t have to cook at all!
      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment 🙂 xx


  3. Like Anita, I wondered about the subject of this post when I saw the title–I thought there was going to be an ultimatum involved! Like you (or like you until recently anyway!) I have only written short stories in first person. Sounds like an interesting exercise though. Hope it continues to make sense! 🙂


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