Friday, March 27, 2009

Point Counterpoint

After yesterday, I was very grouchy today and spent all my free time reading "D" reviews over at Dear Author. That cheered me right up. I also got some work done on Little Sparrow at lunch, which made me even happier.

When I first started Little Sparrow a few weeks ago, it was going to be told from Hildy's* point of view. Then I realized I needed to explain certain things in a way that only made sense from Sparrow's point of view, so I decided to swap out POV characters from section to section. Then I stopped and did a rethink of the plot, and while I was working on it I got so into Sparrow's POV that I considered dropping Hildy as a POV character entirely. But now that I've started back in writing, I think telling the story from both points of view is absolutely necessary and--I'll admit it--a lot of fun.

*Yes, I can't leave the awful name of Hilda alone. At least Hildy sounds a lot cuter than Hilda, and I may change the name anyway. She just seems like a Hildy, what can I say?

5 comments:

Aaron Polson said...

I like the name Hildy. Hilda, however, conjures images of Hippos in Tutus.

K.C. Shaw said...

Yeah, that one little letter makes such a difference.

Hippos in tutus...you have just made my day a little brighter.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I like the name Hildy. Sometimes changing a characters name can turn a book on its head and make it all the more interesting.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Hildy is endearing, Hilda sounds like someone who cleans your house.

K.C. Shaw said...

Cate--I was going to change Hildy's name, but I think it suits her. At one point I was considering Sapphire. Hildy is probably a better choice.

Jamie--Yeah, Hilda just doesn't work as a name these days. It sounds too frumpy. But Hildy is more sprightly. It's sort of amazing how one syllable change makes such a difference.