Writing Can Be Murder

July 8, 2010

Confession Thursday – Torn Btwn 2 Lovers 7/8/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:01 pm

Yesterday I had the following lyrics to an oldie stuck in my head:

Torn between two lovers, feelin’ like a fool
Lovin’ both of you is breakin’ all the rules

All because I’m working on the requested revision of my manuscript. You see, it’s been asked that I include the point of view of my heroine’s love interest…which makes sense — it’s not an out of left field request.

BUT in order to do that I need to take away the POV of my FBI agent (otherwise I’m going to have four pov’s in an 80k book). I mentioned my frustration to a writing pal who suggested I change Mr. FBI’s scenes to Mr. Love’s POV.

“I can’t!” I practically shrieked in my poor pal’s ear. “I LOVE my FBI agent. He’s one of my favorite characters of all time!”

She was wise enough to let the subject go.

I am not that wise.

After I got off our call, I started worrying that perhaps she’s right. Maybe Mr. FBI has to go. Maybe I’m just being one of those writers who refuses to kill her darlings. (yes, I have been guilty of that particular sin)

I wrestled with the dilemma for hours, finally deciding to leave Mr. FBI in…not because I love him, but because, imho, he allows me to inject exposition into the story because of the questions he asks.

Tell me who or what YOU are torn between this week?

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4 Comments »

  1. Wow, Mr. FBI sounds like he needs his own book. I’m guessing he’s pretty HOT. 🙂 I’m torn between taking a shower and writing. It’s not noon yet, so I think I’m fine to stay at the keyboard without getting up for awhile…don’t you think? Ever have this dilemma?

    Comment by Susan Hatler — July 8, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  2. I’m wondering… why not have 4 POVs in the book? The second last Jeffrey Deaver book I read, I think he had around 9 POVs within the first 100 pages and it didn’t hurt the book at all (this is BROKEN WINDOW). The story moved forward with each scene, and I doubt I would have even noticed except that I was counting POVs on purpose because I was stressing about my own book’s POVs. Just a thought.

    What I’m torn between this week: Working on my sequel or working on an older novel I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

    Comment by Jenny — July 9, 2010 @ 5:00 am | Reply

  3. FBI guy definitely needs his own book…but I say leave his POV in, maybe just shorten it a bit to give love interest more face time?

    I’m not really torn this week – just have too many things to work on and not enough time to devote to each.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — July 9, 2010 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  4. Jennifer — thanks for the input! You might be right…

    Comment by love2wryte — July 9, 2010 @ 6:26 pm | Reply


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