First Person Please!

I like to read and I like to write in First Person. I have written fiction in third person and have a novel where, for continuity, it was necessary to switch back and forth between first and third person. But that was necessity and not by choice. And, I’ll tell you why first person is my preference. If you have a different opinion, I’d like to hear it.

First person is more difficult to write, but the reader only knows what the protagonist knows. There are no “things” going on that the hero, or reader, doesn’t know about. Everything happens in fictional “real time.” Even flash-backs are presented as they happened to the hero.

I really hate to read something like, “In the meantime, Shirley went to the abortion clinic.” I want to hero to find out for himself when Shirley committed that act. I really think third person, or worse yet “omni-person” (where all kinds of hell is going on that my hero doesn’t know about) cheats the reader out of the “being there when it happens.”

When I write a novel it may NOT be written in a linear fashion because I never know how the book is going to turn out until it is finished. So I often have to, in rewrite, go back and do something over and change it to make it fit. BUT the finished story is told in a linear way. Things happen to the hero just as in real life things happen to you. You don’t know who is doing what until you find out, right? First Person is the way life works.

Yes, I know I could be a more prolific writer if I wrote in third person. It is far easier and quicker to write that way. But you know what? I’m not in competition with anyone to be the world’s best writer. But I do expect to be the very best story teller that I can ever possibly be.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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