Slippage

In the first draft of a scene in Cross-Country Flying, the third-person narration changes to first person.  In some cases this might cause a writer to think the whole story should be written in first person.  I wrote a book once where that happened over and over again, for long passages, and I did end up changing the whole thing to first person.  (The Absent Woman.) 

But today, I look on the slippage as a first-draft occurrence and a good sign that I was deep into the character’s mind.  When I went back to revise, I changed all the “I” references to “she,” and I’m going to leave them that way.

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