Is 1st person point of view a good choice for a picture book? It was for Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Yes, it's written in 1st person POV, but he is named. Who can forget Alexander?
Can you think of a picture book in 1st person where the narrator isn't named? As of this minute, I can't.
This week something dawned on me. It took a while!
I've told my truck story in 1st person, but the "I" has no name! The young reader has no one to relate to, no identifiable person to talk about!
Why didn't I see this before? Strange things happen when you develop tunnel vision to rhyme, rhythm, plot and pacing. I forgot to establish the relationship between the reader/listener and my main character. I need to give this kid a name.
But here's the problem: If I keep the 1st person POV, I need to figure out how to introduce his name somehow and keep the meter right. If I give him a name and change the POV to 3rd person, it makes many stanzas awkward - large rewrite ahead.
I think POV can be one of the most difficult writing problems. Just when I think I understand all its ramifications, I realize I don't.
Which POV do you like to use? Why?