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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Who Is Telling Your Story?

I feel that as the author of my story, I must remain invisible.  I chose who is telling the story.  Whether I am writing in the First, Second or Third Person. 

First Person - This point of view bring the reader up close and personal with the "storyteller".  The reader is able to experience the events in the story as if they are seeing them through the eyes of the main character.  All details of the story come from what this character knows or thinks.

Second Person - I find this point of view a little more difficult to use.  This format allows the story to come from an objective character who has limited access to a certain character's point of view.  The story is told with more detachment from the characters.

Third Person - In this point of view you use the pronouns "he" and "she", but you are still telling the story through one character's eyes.  It allows you, as the writer, more freedom in how the story is being told.

Sometimes I even break up what person I am using in the story depending on where the story is taking me at that time.  Make it clear from the beginning whose story is being told.  I feel as the writer, I must remain invisible so, my readers can be drawn into the world of the story.  I let my "storyteller" tell the story.  If your storyteller is not there to see or hear what happens, then your reader can't see or hear it either.

Do you know what your point of view is?


Angie said...

I always write in third person. But very deeply into the head of the viewpoint character. That's what I prefer to read too. If we authors tell the story that can feel really detached. I like being connected with a character.

Shirley Wells said...

Like Angie, I always write in deep third. I've written a few short stories in first, which I've enjoyed, but prefer third for the novels. I've only read a couple of things written in second person and I didn't enjoy the experience.

Good to find you here, by the way!

Royce A Ratterman said...

I prefer writing in third person for my crime fiction, though I've read many in first.
I like being able to use she, he Tom. Bill, Sally, Professor ¤#"#¤, Her uncle said, etc. ...
When I read first person stories I get annoyed after a while with all of the I said, I did, then I, me, me, me, terminologies.

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

I can't imagine writing in third person. I'm a 1st person kinda gal. Thanks for finding me

Michelle Teacress said...

I've tried both 1st and 3rd. I enjoy 1st more - at least for now. :)

Maeve Frazier said...

Thank you everyone for all your comments.

Christina Mercer said...

Thanks for finding my blog ;-))

I write mostly in 3rd person. I have played a bit with 1st person, present tense, which is really an intense POV.