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Registered: ‎12-17-2007
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Character views. First person, second, third...?

I've just started writing a novel, and I have it in first person, like when it goes "and I...."
Normally, I always tried in third person, where it switches people and says like "Sally did this...."
Odd, though. First person is easier and gives you freer reign. I always thought it would be harder, but I also don't want to overdo it. I'm wondering, what view do you people mostly use? I'm trying to figure out if I want to keep going like this or not. I'd really apprecitate it.
"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."
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Registered: ‎06-22-2007
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Re: Character views. First person, second, third...?

I typically use third person limited or third person omniscient, just because I like the ability to change between points of view and sometimes step out of straight narration for anecdotes or semi-philosophical abstractions.  I rely a lot on descriptions, however, because that's where most of the power of my writing lies, so third person narration suits my writing better.  It's really a matter of preference and what works best for you; if you find that first person is more your creative style, then by all means, write in first person!  I've found that first person narration doesn't work for me because I have a need for my voice to be stronger than the characters' voices, if that makes any sense.  And the manner in which I write makes first person narrations sound unnatural.  But if you can pull it off, then I see no problem with writing in first person.  :smileyhappy: 
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Re: Character views. First person, second, third...?

I think first person can be interesting if the narrator is unusual in some major way. Or if the story is fast paced. It tends to get on my nerves in longer books though.