multiple first person POV or third person POV
Hi. I'm currently stuck right now of what POV to use. My original idea was like a diary of events that happened with the couple (the main characters), narrated by their group of friends. It's a love story actually and written in past tense, so technically, these characters already knew everything that happened, what they're doing is just like they're compiling all the events..
Which POV would be best to use here? I'm quite having a problem since I love the personalized feel of the first person, but since we're talking about a group of friends here, I'm afraid I might confuse the readers on who's narrating..unless I use the pronoun "we"?
Or would it be possible to mix the first and third person?
Or do you have any suggestions on how I can write it in multiple first person POV effectively?
It sounds like what you want to write is an Epistolary novel, which is a novel that consists of a series of letters, often written back and forth between a small circle of people. Each letter tells part of the story.
This is a multiple POV technique, and you would identify the writer of each letter so the reader knows whose POV they are in at any given time. The writer of each letter will naturally use first person when referring to themselves and second person when addressing the person they're writing to. They will also switch to third person when telling the story of a past event.
These friends could be writing to each other in order to piece together the history of this relationship, with each person filling someone in on events that only they know about.
The classic novel of this type is Clarissa
, an 18th century book by Samuel Richardson about an abduction of a young upper class woman.
The challenge is that, in addition to the history of the relationship, you will create the sequence in which various people write to each other to make their contribution - so the process of piecing together the past becomes a storyline in itself.