So, Broken Mirror is off to my beta readers at last. It was still a little shy of a full novel at 35,500 words, but it also feels like there’s more I could add. Letting the betas get a crack at it means I can be a little more certain I’m adding meat, not filler.
I’m taking a lot of creative risks with this particular book, and I’m more nervous about it than I’ve been about any of my other pieces. One element I’m most anxious about is the point-of-view (POV) used in the book. Because I pretty much broke every rule in the book with this one.
We start out in tight third person on my main character. The next chapter, we swoop out for essentially a cinematic, wide-angle third person that gradually tightens in on a background character. There are scenes that read like a romance novel, with the POV switching in pretty quick succession between the two leads, my “Prince Charming” knife thrower and my “Snow White” illusionist. One chapter is a tight third person from a character who really is only in that one chapter. And then, about 3/4 of the way through, I have an entire chapter that is one long, first person confession (and it’s not the villain).
In reading it through before sending it off, it seemed clear to me what was going on, and none of the switches seemed jarring. But then again, I was recovering from an epic 4 day drafting and editing marathon. It may well be completely unintelligible. But I’d rather start with something risky and interesting, and smooth it out if it’s a problem for the reader, than always play things safe and by the rules.
I’m going to steal a page from Marian Allen, (or a segment from Writing Excuses) and leave you with a writing prompt, should you choose to accept it. Write about a character who knows the rules, and deliberately breaks them.
Have a great day!