So I went wild an put two shorts together, a contemporary romance and a fantasy. The romance bookends the fantasy and it was working out okay, but I had way too many points of view. Cutting back and mixing it up caused all kinds of problems. Then I got all inspired again and decided to use omniscient point of view, thinking that I wouldn’t have to explain the contemporary world to the fantasy players and visa versa.
Great idea, just great.
I’ve rewritten the beginning three times. The omniscient point of view was supposed to simplify it but guess what. That only worked to a degree. Now when I read my work I keep thinking about the distance between the reader and characters. I’m jeopardizing the reader identifying with the characters.
So I spent more time on line looking for more answers.
To make this work my characters must be extremely likeable. Gack and ugh! I know I’m over thinking it but I can’t seem to stop myself. All this thinking has stopped my writing in its tracks. I’ve never been this bad off before.
I’m facing failure not because I’m getting out there. Oh, no. I’m facing failure because I can’t seem to start. I really, really need your help this time round.
Anyone write using omniscient point of view? Do you have a list of rules that keep you sane? I’m begging you; please share what keeps an acceptable distance between the reader and the characters. What’s a likeable character again? I’m falling apart and its over a short for crying out loud.