It was needed, always intended when I sketched out the story arc years ago, but now that I am actually filling in the gaps, I ask myself several times a night, What was I thinking?
The difference between 1st person point of view and 3rd person point of view are immense. With 1st person, the reader only sees the viewpoint of one character. From this viewpoint we see the actions through tinted glasses, all judgments and opinions are naturally biased and the reader is often left unable to comprehend some of the others characters thoughts, feelings and actions because of this.
3rd person point of view allows greater flexibility to an author and this is why I am using it for this novel. I need to get into the heads of those boys and the only way to do it properly is with 3rd person subjective. It’s time for answers. It is time for the boys to share their silent conversations. It is time for their demons to come out and play and none of this is possible without a 3rd person point of view.
So I am off once more to thump my head on the desk as the boys tsk in amusement at my endeavors. Their secrets will be told eventually.