Flipped Viewpoints in a Story…
Now, this would have been so much easier to just write a new story completely, but since I am doing this challenge, and I was in a spot that it made sense to do this stunt, I thought I would try it. My suggestion… Don’t.
I had a Poker Boy story called “Mystery Cat” that also had in it Pakhet Jones. But it was a Poker Boy story, and Poker Boy is first person. I wrote it about two years ago or so and published it in Smith’s Monthly back about a year ago.
Pakhat Jones stories are also first person. But in the Poker Boy story, she was third person, of course. It wasn’t her story.
They save a cat and solve a mystery/crime and the story fits perfectly as four chapters in my Pakhet Jones novella I am finishing up.
So I called this story “Mystery Cat: A New Perspective” and proceeded to go through it as a Pakhet Jones story. Brand new opening, of course, and then I had Pakhet have Poker Boy tell the story up to when she got involved.
So I took an entire short story and switched it from one first person viewpoint to another first person viewpoint. Hardest part was the voices, since both characters have distinct voices and distinct thoughts and attitudes.
It was an interesting writing experiment and took me exactly as long to write and touch as it would if I had written all original words. But I wanted the story as some chapters in a Pakhet Jones novella, so had to do it.
Live and learn and not do again.