Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Story of Stella: A Perspective

I have a hard time writing in first person narrative. It always comes off sounding...bitchy. I mean seriously bitchy. It never comes across as genuine. It comes across as ranty and I don't think people would want to read that. When I set out to write the Spy Sisters books, I knew going into it that it couldn't be in first person, since I wanted more than one perspective, and the reason for that is simple.

Stella is an unbelievably selfish woman.

Most of the action in the book happens to Stella. We hear her stubborn ideas, see how she responds to people who don't agree with her, and how she treats her superiors. She's selfish and always right. She can be condescending, rude, immoral, dangerous. How would anyone sympathize with a woman like that?

Through all the ugly horribleness that she can be, Stella has a soft spot for her sweet step sister, Riley. Riley is Jane to Stella's Lizzie Bennet. Snow White to Stella's Rose Red. She's the good in Stella's life, the one person that can make Stella remember what being a spy means. Riley is a housewife, trying her hardest to properly raise two polite, intelligent daughters, and Stella sees her as the person Stella would be if she didn't like her gun so much.

Stella's partner, David, has seen Stella through thick and thin. He's rescued her on many occasions, stood up for her and kept her from being bored when their jobs got boring (which happened more often than not). They became good friends during their downtime, and she was able to show her vulnerable side to him every so often.

Stan is Stella's best friend since college. They both speak Russian, both have familial connections to government organizations, and both have a sick sense of humor. He doesn't take her crap, and is madly in love with her sister. He's going to stay around for a long time.

My point is, to really understand what Stella is like, you need to get to know the ones she loves. These three people see through her ugly temperament to what she really believes, and what she really fights for. Inside Stella's head is a dark, ugly place, and I don't think anyone would want to spend any amount of time there. She's as dark and twisty as Meredith Gray, only not nearly so slutty (unless she needs information).

This is why I write in third person omniscient. I feel like my characters would be more likable if we saw them from other people's POV.

That is my Thursday blurb. I need to get back to writing about writing, and my process. Ciao, readers!


  1. I really enjoy third person so much more so than first person. Writing in third person, I feel, allows more space for character development and gives you, as you said, a better feel for the characters.

    Write on, girlfriend! :)

    1. *Like*

      Thanks. I also think it gives me a better grasp as I'm writing them.


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