I’ve written four chapters in the last two days. It’s a good thing, I promise. Except that this story is telling itself in first person past tense. Ummm…what? Do I know how to write in that POV?
No. I don’t think I do.
Third person is easy for me. Most of the time words flow onto the page and I don’t have to think very much about tense, internal thought, action scenes. First person is a whole different animal.
Did a little research last night on the subject and found some great articles on the First vs. Third debate. Some people have very strong opinions including:
- “First person is beginning writer’s mistake”
- “First person is the accepted voice for YA”
- “Stories with multiple characters and viewpoints should be told in third person”
- “Voice is more identifiable in first person”
There was no consensus on which was the “right” way to tell a story. I’ve read fantastic novels told in just either POV.
Which POV do you prefer to write in? And do different stories, in your opinion, require a different POV?