So, I was writing a scene from the Lepterian’s point of view–an event that he is remembering–and I ran into an interesting Point of View problem. The scene is supposed to be locked into a tight third-person limited. The problem is that every time he refers to himself as “The Lepterian” the scene pops right back out of his POV. And if he doesn’t refer to himself as “The Lepterian,” the pronouns become incredibly confusing.
And there are no other POV options for this particular scene. Not good ones, anyway. I went over the other characters who could have been there, and found problems with all of them.
I never intended to give the Lepterian a name this early in the story. Lepterians earn names over the course of their lives, so he has a number to choose from. So, now, I have to decide which name has the most meaning for him, and which one he’d use to refer to himself.
Oh, well. I guess that’s why I’m doing this.