When I first started writing, I wrote in third person/past tense. I also found that the majority of books that I read at the time were written this way, and I became very comfortable with this writing style. Four years ago, I decided to spread my wings a little and made the switch to first person/present tense. Just like when I started writing in general, the first few stories written after the change were clunky at best. Because I wrote mostly fan-fiction, I introduced this change into my writing at a time when I was also writing for a new series. It always takes a while for me to get comfortable writing new characters; feeling like I get them enough to step into their skin and tell their stories is a process in itself. Adding a new writing style complicated things immensely, but it slowly got better and I am writing exclusively in first person/present tense now. While I still love the flexibility of third person/past tense that allows me to get into the head of multiple characters, I’ve come to really enjoy my new writing style.
Besides the point of view, my writing is mainly about relationships. I love exploring the beginnings of a relationship, no matter if it is romantic, platonic, or something else. The secondary theme in most of my fiction is angst. There is always something for the characters to overcome before they finally get their happy ending.
Specific to fan-fiction, I love when the show runners drop little hints to the character’s past, and you’re left wondering how that all worked out. For me, if those hints spark a relationship of some sort, I want to know more, and that’s what I want to write. As an example, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) it is theorized that everything is connected and what we see on the big screen is the same universe as what we see in shows like Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Inhumans. When S.H.I.E.L.D began, the only connection was Phil Coulson, and the first season had to work its way into Captain America: Winter Soldier. When Marvel went to Netflix, that link became clear with the introduction of Daredevil all the way to the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars.
One of my favorite hints was dropped in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Daredevil when it was revealed that both Skye/Daisy Johnson (Mary Sue Poots) and Matt Murdock/Daredevil lived at St. Agnes Orphanage in New York. This tiny thread created what was to become my first and only cross-over series, The Girl Down the Hall. The relationship I created here was one of big brother/little sister and the angst was already built into the show, so I just needed to add it to the story. In a way, it was like fleshing out their backstory just a little, and for me, it makes the characters more three dimensional.
For my novel, the goal is to create original three-dimensional characters that people will care about as much as I do. I hope you, the reader, will be invested in their story and if so, I’ll feel like I did exactly what I set out to do.
Thanks for reading!💖