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Using First Person When Your Narrator Is A Jerk

Writing Is Hard Work

the jerkI’m three chapters and over three thousand words into writing my WIP.  I reached a point yesterday where I stared at a passage and just didn’t know how I was going to write it in third person singular and get the true nuances of what my main character was feeling or what he was thinking without going into some long narrative about the past.

This would have taken my reader out of the action and bogged down the story.  I also don’t want my reader to get too far into the head of Guillermo March, because let’s face it, he’s kind of a cynical jerk.

Guillermo is one of 46 hold-out humans living on the planet C’Tuul somewhere far from their abandoned solar system.  He is a member of what is left of the human race, and because of their desperate situation, is terribly cynical and in many ways has…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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