I'm writing this book which is, to summarize, about a girl that gets kidnapped (with many twists and witty additions to the story).
I already wrote about two chapters in 1st person from the girl's perspective but then I did a re-write and wrote in 3rd person because my story left too many unanswered questions about the other characters.
But I really enjoy writing in 1st person and I want to be able to characterize deeper so I've left the first chapter, introducing all the characters and getting through the idea of what's going on, in 3rd person but then I've gone into 1st person perspective of the girl immediately after she's kidnapped (really making her character's mind more unique). And now I also want to write from the perspective of the main kidnapper and switch between the two at appropriate points (but no more 3rd person, that was only for the 1st chapter).
Do you think this is okay or too confusing?
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Usually writers stick to one overall POV, but you can still show many different perspectives and capture the whole story. It's just too jarring and disorienting for the reader to completely switch from 3rd person to 1st person POV. Here's some ways you can show different perspectives though:
1) You can write chapters in first person POVs of different characters that depict the situation from many angles. The victim, the kidnapper, witnesses, police, family member, etc. each having their own chapter or chapters.
2) You can write in 3rd person omniscient POV. That means it's all in third person, but you can explore and still have access to any character's perspective that you want in a chapter. The random guy walking down the street as well as the main character.
3) You can write in 3rd person limited. That means it's still in 3rd person, but you restrict it to only the perspectives of a few characters. Maybe just the main character and kidnapper for instance.
You can get depth and character in third person too, you just have to write about what the character is feeling or thinking. "Anna hugged herself closer and had the distinct, unsettling feeling that someone was following her."
If you prefer writing in first person though, maybe for the benefits of stream of consciousness, that works too. Just make sure the reader knows from descriptions or chapter titles which character the perspective is coming from.2