Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I'm looking for some opinions...
The first chapter of my novel begins "On a clear spring morning an old man shuffles along a once elegant street of overgrown gardens and uneven pavements." and continues in the present tense. The rest of the book is in third person omniscient. This has always bothered me.
The reason the first chapter is like that is that when I wrote the original description of the old man (based on a man I actually saw), it seemed to be right for the event. Since then I have often thought of changing it to third person but haven't, mainly because I couldn't write a replacement I liked. However, I have now found a way of opening the chapter in the third person.
So, I am looking for any ideas, guidance, suggestions on the merits of first person versus third person narrating.