Ron’s Tip of the Day is now Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at First Person.
I am not a fan of First Person.
Having said that, I have read stories in the First Person and thoroughly enjoyed them. A contradiction?
Yes. I generally stay away from First Person books, but that attitude is not absolute. Sometimes a story will attract me, and I will read it despite being first person. My biggest objection to the writing not the reading is it a very difficult medium to work within, so I avoid it.
But if you can write an entertaining story in first person, give it a shot. Chances are I might come across it, decide to read it and enjoy it.
What is First Person?
The dictionary gives us the following descriptions: The speaker (First Person), the person being talked to (Second Person), and the person being talked about (Third Person). Another way to look at it is the following: I, me, (First Person); you, (Second Person), and he, him, (Third Person).
Most authors use the third person.
One reason I enjoy Third Person is its flexibility. First Person is rigid, in my opinion, and the author only knows what the person knows. In Third Person the author knows more than the main character and has more control. Another reason I don’t like First Person is it can come across too prideful. It takes skill to make it work.
Maybe you have the skill to make it work for you. Then give it a try.
Lit Tip: If you have the skill then try using First Person.
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