I’m writing this in the first person. You’re reading this in the second person.

Elaine (aka the greatest female sitcom character OF ALL TIME) flirts with third-person aficionado The Jimmy

Elaine (aka the greatest female sitcom character OF ALL TIME) flirts with third-person aficionado The Jimmy

You know what strikes me as weird? That referring to yourself in the third person is generally considered douchey, yet Facebook statuses force you to write this way. (At least, traditionally formatted Facebook statuses do.) Facebook: making d-bags of us all since 2004.

My Book is written almost exclusively in the third person – sometimes omniscient, sometimes dipping into my MC‘s POV (wow, bit of AO there ((That’s Acronym Overload, natch))) – with a bit of second-person stuff thrown in when I feel like giving you a more intimate perspective on what’s going on. (See what I did there?) Most of my fiction is written like this – I enjoy first-person, but if the Flying Spaghetti Monster descended from heaven and demanded that I choose only one narrative mode to use for the rest of my life, I’d pick third.

Most of what I read is third person too. A trend emerges!

Not sure why I prefer third, though it’s probably because it offers a bit more freedom – it allows me to duck out of a character’s perspective and insert broader information about the world I’m writing in.

 

Sam Downing

 

3 thoughts on “I’m writing this in the first person. You’re reading this in the second person.

  1. I literally went back and forth on the whole 1st person 3rd person debate for two years and would write in 3rd and then be like “Guysssssss” to my critique group “I really think it should be in 1st person” and they’d be like ok,and I’d write in 1st and then switch back to 3rd, but finally 1st person for me wins! And I noticed that I like more and more books in 1st person so I guess thats my trend:-)

  2. As someone who’s always felt uncomfortable writing fiction, but never had trouble when it came to blogging – I think you may have stumbled onto a key reason. Maybe I just don’t know how to write in third person. For me, I think I have a bit of an obsession with everything – reality, life, experience of life – being wholly subjective. So third person just feels unnatural for me.

    Oh and yes, she is THE GREATEST FEMALE SITCOM CHARACTER OF ALL TIME! And not enough people say that.

  3. I actually think writing in first is more challenging, because you have to be so careful NOT to slip back into your authorial voice and always be speaking through the character. On the other hand, when you have a strong character, it can be a piece of cake.

    I think I prefer that Harry Potter-esque style of third, where you’re basically writing a first person thing via the third person. (I know there is a name for this kind of narrative mode, but damned if I can remember it.)

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