First of all, THANK YOU for your kind words. I'm thrilled you liked WONDER and that somany people seem to be have been so moved by it. To answer your question, I definitely did not start out thinking I would change POVs. It came about very naturally because there came a certain point in the story when, as a writer, I really just wanted to get to know Via better. I also realized that Auggie's view of the world was limited because he's so sheltered, and there was much more to explore in the story that would happen beyond his understanding of events. But I was also cautious about going down the multiple narrator path because I was afraid that if I took the novel down a certain path and it didn't work out, then I would have a hard time coming back from that point. It's scary, as a writer, when you have a good chunk of manuscript that you're happy with, and you suddenly change course. The novel almost has a mind of its own at times, and you're afraid to let it loose because you're kind of not sure you'll be able to keep it from getting unwieldy or out of control. FInally after struggling with the decision for about a week I decided that I would give myself one golden rule, which is that I would allow myself to switch voices ONLY if those voices propelled the narrative forward. No deviations were allowed. No side stories that didn't directly relate to Auggie's story. Once I had given myself that directive, the rest came about easily and flowed naturally.
The only character I struggled with was Julian, which is why I decided to kick him out of the book. I realized I was having trouble with his voice because he just didn't care to know Auggie at all, and since I had given myself that one golden rule to follow, which is that their storyline had to not only intersect with Auggie's but open his story up, I decided there was no light he could shed that was worth exploring.
Posted Feb 26, 2012, 02:34:51 PM