Anonymous asked: What do you think about writing in first person? I’ve always thought that style is perfect to share a lot more of your MC’s point of view, show the complexity, emotions and internal struggles but it seems more like the suitable style to be a lazy writer now. You can find a lot in the market and not just YA. Seems like writers want to write the less they can and readers not read at all. It’s disappointing and if you combine first person with a cliche or a bad plotline the result is awful.
Any point-of-view is going to be awful if you combine it with a bad plot or cliched elements. And, to be honest, I don’t think first-person is the result of lazy writing. I think that first-person became trendy, and some persnickety readers who don’t like first-person have set-out to trash it in an attempt to get people to stop using it.
First-person simply results in a different kind of story. First person offers a more intimate look into the mind of the character. It’s also more direct, because third-person is about having someone tell you someone else’s story, while first-person is about a person telling you their own story.
Another reason why first-person isn’t lazy is because we all learn to write in first-person. It’s actually the more natural point-of-view for most people to use when telling a story, and many writers have a difficult time writing in first-person. First-person forces you to filter every little thing through the lens of the character’s experience, whereas third-person is more neutral.
The reality is that there are going to be critics of everything, whether it’s first-person or third-person, single point-of-view or multi-point of view, past tense or present tense, and so on. You just have to keep in mind that for every opinion out there, you can find people who have the opposite opinion. So, write in the tense you want to write in and don’t don’t worry so much about that kind of criticism. Lots of wonderful, award-winning books are written in first-person, so you’re fine if that’s what you want to use. :)