For those of us who have written multiple works of fiction – from flash fiction to short stories to novels – many have likely noticed the chameleon-like ability to transfer from one narrative to another.
Similar to an actor who can go from portraying a serial killer to a kind grandfather (sometimes in the same story), a writer often has to think from multiple perspectives. Whether within the same piece or across many projects, our work requires us to create entirely separate and oftentimes wildly unique personas.
For example, in one novel, I have written from the PoV of a doctor, a politician and a terrorist. Similarly, another of my novels follows just one narrative – that of a teenage girl living in post-WWI Greece. Further still, my horror short occurs through the perspective of a teenage boy from the midwestern United States.
So, now I want to hear about your positive experiences and challenges in creating unique PoV characters. Which narrative has been your favorite and why?