Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Writer Wednesday: First Person or Third?

If you've read any of my books, you know I love first person POV. It doesn't matter if it's first person dual POV or if only one MC is telling the story. I like to be inside the head of the main character(s), experiencing everything while they do. I don't read very many books written in third person because I feel like the perspective distances me from the characters and story. Until...

Recently, I decided to rewrite one of my Ashelyn Drake books in third person. Why? Well, it's going to be in a boxed set with a bunch of other authors. Oh, did I not mention that before? ;) More news to come when I can say more. For now, I'll just say that I was encouraged to alter the POV of the story for a few reasons. At first, I panicked. I may have ranted and raved for a day. Then I sat down and got to it, and you know what? Close third person dual POV reads a lot like first person dual POV. With this particular book, I realized I liked third person better. I couldn't have been more shocked, but it seemed to suit the story. Now this doesn't mean I'll be writing in third person from now on. No way. My plan is try a book out in both and see what works better. Just like with anything else, I think you have to find what works for each individual book.

Which do you prefer as a writer, first person or third? Do you find the same is true for when you are playing the part of the reader?

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

18 comments:

  1. I jump back & forth between the two, which is very confusing. I think I prefer writing 3rd close but love reading 1st.

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    1. I love first person, but I do enjoy a close third that reads like first.

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  2. I prefer third person but I try out first person in short stories sometimes.

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  3. I've almost always preferred third person, but since I've been writing a memoir, naturally, It has to be in first person. Also, I just began a diary-style novel, another type of writing that's in first person.

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    1. Yes, that's a great way to get into first if you aren't used to it.

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  4. I've heard that switching POV in an entire book could make for a complete different read for the better sometimes, especially going from 1st to 3rd and vice versa.

    I prefer 3rd person, unless it's a series and I've been following the main character for awhile.

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  5. I prefer third person, particularly as it allows you to move into the mindset of other characters aside from your protagonist.

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  6. Usually I write in third person, but then I tried first person with my most recent manuscript just to change things up. Gotta say, I enjoyed it. It's interesting to re-write something in the other tense, isn't it? I did that with my second book and was amazed how shifting focus changed the story. Ultimately, I think it comes down to whatever suits the story best.

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  7. I've always done first person for children's books. It just feels more personal, if that makes sense. But I wrote romance for years and that was always third person because the books I wrote were alternating POVs between the hero and heroine of the story.

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    1. I like alternating first person POV too for romance, but third does have its advantages.

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  8. I've always preferred third, though I've grown grudgingly more accepting of first person. Noticed a lot of the mysteries and romances I've been reading lately are written in first person. But at the end of the day I'm a 3rd person kind of girl. The romance WIP I'm working on is written in third and dual POV.

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    1. We all have our preferences, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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  9. I find that first person is used more and more (especially in MG and YA) but that, indeed, maybe there is a point to return to third person personal.

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