Why I Chose First-Person Point of View

A few people have told me that first-person point of view is not as popular in novels. I think they may be right, but that didn’t stop me from writing my current series in this POV.

One of the reasons I chose this is to challenge myself. Writing in first person is not always easy. You have to really pay close attention to how often you use “I,” as well as, how much you use phrases like “I heard,” “I saw,” etc. What’s more, you’re limited to only what your character knows and sees to explain your whole world and the other characters.

Other than challenging myself, one of the other reasons I wanted to write in this POV was to get “closer” to my character.

For example:

Third-Person POV: Shera bit down on her tongue, tasting a coppery-burst of blood.

First-Person POV: A coppery-burst of blood filled my mouth as my teeth sliced into my tongue.

I like forcing myself to remove that separation between the character and author, because it also removes that separation between the character and reader. I know it’s possible to do this through third-person POV as well, but this was even more difficult for me.

Also, because I am writing a YA fantasy novel, I thought my readers would really enjoy jumping into my heroine’s mind. I know first-person POV can sometimes be a bit jolting, if you are not used to it, but I am hoping my readers will give my novel a chance.

What is your opinion? Do you enjoy reading or writing first-person POV? Do you still think it is an unpopular way to writer?


About lisamorrowbooks

Lisa Morrow is a life-long reader who treasures fantasy in all forms. Being a middle child in a large family gave her a unique perspective on the world, but few experiences compare to her time spent studying abroad in Cambridge, England and wandering throughout Europe. After her travels, Lisa settled down in Arizona to teach junior high English, and later, to spend time with her young children, husband, and cats. To some people, her life may seem quiet. But to her, every day is spent in a world colored by the imagination of children, and fantastical worlds created by her very own mind.
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One Response to Why I Chose First-Person Point of View

  1. thenoveilst says:

    Hmm…interesting observation. I thought about this phenomena when I composed my second book. Even though my first book was my true life story, it was written in the third person for many reasons, but primarily because I didn’t want to enter into the monotonous ‘I’ that can put the reader off in and of itself. Then in my second book, I did write in the first person, but I was cautious to not overuse the letter ‘I’ which one can’t escape totally, when writing in the first person. Gosh, I hope I’ve done enough in that direction 🙂 Hope you have time to view them on my home page. They are published recently. Best 🙂

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