‘My Life’s’ point of view

I’m talking book.  My Life As A Retail Pharmacist – A Fictionalized Memoir.  Yes, that book.  No one would want to know the other.  Sometimes I don’t even know that.

The synopsis – that little tab in the upper left corner next to the home tab – gives a brief overview of what I did with the point of view in the story, but I feel the need to explain.

The book is basically divided into three main sections.  There is an introduction and epilogue, but those are a few pages each so… .  The first section is all me – first person.  Then a pivotal scene sets the stage for the second section and the point of view is opened to a broader, but still limited view.  Yes, it’s still all me.  I just needed to be able to introduce some other characters and ‘move’ around the story a bit.  When I was at a writers workshop, an instructor told the group that if you choose first person that first person has to be interesting enough to carry the entire novel.  Talk about pressure.  I am not that interesting, so I needed to shake things up a bit.

The final section of the book is all third person omniscient – very little about me.  Yes, I am the main character and it is my story but things got messy.  And ,I needed help cleaning up.

The reason I like what I did was that this increasingly broader point of view  parallelled what was happening.  My life was falling apart.  The expanding point of view captured the essence* of that implosion.

Then, when the dust settle and the epilogue begins, it’s all about me again.  Isn’t that what everyone wants?

So just click on one of those ions to the right and buy the damn book.  Trust me, you will like it.

 

*this time the word essence is spelled correctly

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