If all else fails, books remain.
Every Monday (well, at least most Mondays) is Ask the Writer Monday. Feel free to ask any writing related questions that day and the Writer will try to answer them (please allow a couple days for an answer, thank you).
If all else fails, books remain.
Hello all my wonderful followers and random people reading this blog! Today is Ask the Writer Monday. The purpose is to encourage all of you to ask whatever writing questions you have. Of course, if you ever have any questions to ask, feel free to ask them at any time. However, this feature tries to make Monday seem special (instead of dreaded).
Of course, the only questions I will answer will have to be writing related. For example: grammar, plot, character development, writer’s block, etc. Anything non-writing related will be ignored. I will also post any questions asked for others to read, but copy and paste them into a new post in order to keep everyone anonymous.
I will answer each question within 24-48 hours, depending on how many questions I receive. Also, if I cannot answer a question because it is about a topic I do not have experience with, then I will at least make sure to offer up resources where someone can find an answer.
I will answer your writing questions to the best of my abilities, but if I cannot help you, hopefully some of the other readers of this blog can help. So, ask away!
Both first person and third person are great ways of telling a story - I can’t tell you which is better for your story, unfortunately. But here are a few questions that you can ask yourself that might help:
1. Is it possible for you to tell the story entirely from one person’s perspective? If your character isn’t in the middle of the action, a first person perspective may not work.
2. How does your protagonist see the world? Some perspectives can be annoying or grating to read in first-person format, especially if they’re whiney or moody, etc. (Not that it can’t be done well, but it may take more skill).
3. On the flip side, does your main character have an interesting way of thinking that may make your story more interesting in first person?
4. Bear in mind that writing in first person means your seeing everything through the protagonist’s eyes. This means that lose objectivity and everything is clouded by the protagonists’ feelings about things. Is this something that will harm or benefit your story? Which leads to another point…
5. Do you stand to benefit from having a somewhat unreliable narrator? Not every first person narrator is unreliable, of course, but it can be a very effective tool - especially if there is information you want to obscure or hide from the audience until later in the story.
6. Is your story more person and inwardly focused or is it all about the world that you’re building? While not impossible, it’s more of a challenge to write a very personal story in third person, and first person narration can lead to a pretty narrow view of the world you’re writing about.
In the end, it’s up to you to choose which works best. If you still can’t decide, try writing a few pages in first person. Then, rewrite those exact same pages in third person and give them to someone you trust to critique. They might be able to tell you which feels more natural for your story.