I originally started writing this thing in third person and decided to switch it over to first. My reasoning at the time was that I wanted more access to the heroine's internal monologue than I felt comfortable with trying in third person.
Since then, I feel like I've gotten a really good read on my characters' voices. So good, in fact, that I've found myself wanting to get into other folks' internal monologues. Which is obviously problematic in first person.
What's the answer? Or at least, what's your answer? It seems like I have at least five options here:
- Resign myself to having access to only one character's thoughts and feelings and directing my revision of other characters toward showing their likely thoughts and feelings with descriptions, actions, and dialogue.
- Do a massive revision switching the whole piece to third person.
- Try to manage a shifting first person, where various sections are told from various points of view.
- Throw the whole thing away and start over from scratch.
- Discover some other option that has yet to occur to me.
I'm asking for two reasons. One, I really want to know what you think. And two, I need to get this out of my head so I can focus on the forty-two bajillion other things I need to be focusing on. Help me out, wouldja?