First Person…

Is hard! How do some of you do it?

One of my critique partners challenged me to rewrite a scene in a first person POV. It was difficult but, looking back at it, I have to admit that it actually reads better than the third person I had been writing. I think it forces me deeper into the character.

Which is a good thing, but is harder to do. I have since done another scene in FP. Both have been Mirian, but the next scene in the story is Jerok’s POV. I am a bit concerned as to how that is going to come out. I don’t think I have really done Jerok justice when it comes to getting into his head and drawing his personality out onto the page. Time to fix that, I guess.

What ever happened to “I’ll just write out a story and get the first draft published. I should be ridiculously rich within a month!”

That’s the fantasy I *really* miss.

So, dear readers, I pose to you:  What POV do you prefer, and why.  Even more interesting I think will be:  Which POV do you dislike writing in and why?

8 thoughts on “First Person…”

  1. Before you think me crazy for a somewhat rambling post, notice the time stamp on it. I deny any responsibility for lucidity after 1:00 in the morning.

  2. I think first requires more voice. Your narrator has to be interesting enough to went to spend an entire novel in his/her flustered head. As to a preference, it depends on the story. I think a romance story should always be in deep third (puts the salivating reader in both heads which is important for obvious reasons).

    Mirian’s perceptions, however, are exposed in deep third. As I’ve said, you can write it first if it helps you reach her better, then just swap pronouns (She for I, her for my). Same for Jerok. Just watch you voice between them.

    That doesn’t really answer your questions, but I will tell you what POV I HATE as a reader: third omniscient. I rarely finish books written that way. I want to know WHO is thinking what. When I don’t know, the depth is lost and so am I.


  3. I prefer books in first person, so that’s why I write in first person, I guess. I tried writing in third person a couple times, but I can’t climb into people’s heads as well. Someday I’d like to tackle second person pov!

  4. Didn’t King use 3rd Omni in “Eyes of the Dragon”? I know you read it. How did that affect your enjoyment of the story? Was he good enough to make it unnoticed, or did you read it despite the problem?


  5. Second person POV? You *are* a glutton for punishment, aren’t you? LOL. I’ve actually read some books on writing that discuss second person POV and the biggest problem is making sure that the decisions that you make for the reader have to be the same one that they would make, or you will lose them. I think that would be *REALLY* hard to do.

    Good luck!

    I agree that first puts you deeper into the character’s head. That’s mostly why I am making myself do it, although I suspect that this editing pass alone will take me a year to finish now. :^(


  6. Not sure… I like deep third better than first because you can see stuff outside the character (slip into a para of omni at some point 😀 ). I did use to write a lot of first when I was in grade school, but I still managed to slip out of POV (yup, I’m a writing genius).
    And first person inner voice can be really annoying if not done well :p

  7. Plus first person is hard! :^) Like Pam pointed out though, if my first person sucks, I can always swap some pronouns and get it back to third person. That would also allow me the occasional ‘slip’ to omni. There are two of those in my current story that I would need to work around if I converted to third.

    Also, glad to see you back around!



  8. Eyes of the Dragon was omni? Yeah, one of my favorite books and hell if I know. Haven’t read it in a decade (hmm, maybe two), but POV apparently didn’t have any sway on my enjoyment there.


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