Hi people, I'm in the throes of hammering out my first draft of my current WIP which is my first attempt at a novel. It is set in my home town in the early part of this century and at the moment flits between predominately third person omniscient narrative and (for one character) first person narrative. When I started, my initial inclination was to write it entirely in the first person, although this would alternate between different character's POV. It would however, for the large part be the principle protagonist's POV. After reading some advice, I decided to err on the side of caution and go with largely third person narrative. There were a few reasons for this, chiefly my research indicated that this would be the preference of most publishers and it was the 'safest' option. Now that I'm some 50-60,000 words into the work, I really feel that that I may have been right initially. I want to be able to make astute, political and philosophical statements and observations which would really lend themselves to the story, being as it is not 'genre' fiction as such and focuses on the mundanity of working class life interspersed with snippets of drama and tragedy, love and loss. I don't think it is within my remit currently as the third person narrator to make such comments, that is to impart my thoughts onto the page as some sort of commentary. However, if I put myself directly into the chief protagonist's head so that I effectively become him (or him, I) it enables me to do so as a sort of internal monologue. I think I've made my mind up and it will give me a load more work but I think it's what I have to do to get this right. Any thoughts?