Lately I’ve been fiddling with an idea for my wip that has me rather second guessing things. I had always intended the work to be relatively dramatic and intense, being faithful to the heroine’s point of view through out while being rich in narrative that explains and describes the world she lives in. And then I had ANOTHER idea! You guessed it – a point of view shift. The shift was not planned, but is flowing pretty well and gives, in my opinion, a very necessary depth to the world and how it came to be.
Sure, this doesn’t seem like a problem, anything but, except for one thing: The point of view is that of a bad guy – the same bad guy who is now in charge of torturing the heroine. His entire point of view will not be in merely brutal actions, but also in the choices he makes with his power and ideology. My concern is that readers will be annoyed by this shift, that they’ll want to know how the heroine is dealing with her situation and how this might affect information she is protecting. Since there is interaction to be had they will of course find out all of these things as the story continues to move forward still… Would something like this annoy you? Tell me honestly. If you’re invested in a character would you take the point of view shift hard? Would you toss the book aside never to look at it again?
Not one to ever stick with one problem I find myself walking in the abysmal land called doubt. It is not that I don’t believe in the work, I simply am deeply afraid of screwing it up and having to do a massive rewrite. One question of the work leads to another, then another, until I am finally stuck on the treadmill of paralyzing fear that the work is going to be utter crap which leads me to being afraid of putting words on the page, which makes me feel as though I’m not accomplishing anything, which makes me think I need to accomplish something, but then I worry about quality and so I stop thinking I need to have quality over quantity…. and on, and on it goes.
So, how on Earth do you combat such a malevolent stream of thoughts? Believe you me, I want to know. 😉