First Person vs Third Person

4 Jun
Steve took it / Water Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

With the first 15k words I wrote in my WIP ( possible title, The Other Side or Kora’s something, something. Unsure yet) it was in third person. For some reason it just didn’t feel right. You know when you are writing and your gut/instinct is telling you it isn’t right? That’s what I felt. I think third person isn’t a good fit for my novel.

Changing my book to the first person perspective made for many more creative ideas. I was really able to reflect in detail how my main character feels and what she thinks. I think this is a really good decision I made. It really helped with my on and off writer’s block.

.reid. / / CC BY

Now I have to change the first 15k words to first person but I suppose it is better than writing my whole first draft then deciding to change to her POV.

For those of you who don’t quite know the differences between all of the point of views here are descriptions. I tried to keep it simple. Short and sweet and straight to the point.

Talking/writing about myself. Or a character talking about themselves. Using “I”.

If I were to be talking to someone such as my husband using “you”. Most of the time this perspective isn’t used in writing. Of course there’s a few exceptions such as technical writing.

Using her, him, she or he when writing. For example, it would be the point of view from a narrator.

What POV/perspective do you enjoy using the most? I am interested in knowing your thoughts on this subject.

Photo credit: Steve took it / / CC BY-NC-SA

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