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    First and Third Person Dilema

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Houda, May 22, 2012.

    Well I'm writing a novel where I want to be able to explore the main characters thoughts and how he develops and grows through the story but i don't want to be limited to first person, I want to write in third person so that I'm not just limited to first person but still be able to explore the mains thoughts. So really what I'm saying is there such a thing as a 1rd (i made that up or 3st whatever floats your boat) person view in which I can utilise both without being limited to one?
     
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    Third person limited is what you're looking for.
     
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    Ah! I didn't know such a thing existed. Thanks! :)
    edit: this is exactly what i was looking for!!! Thankyou so much! :D
     
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    ...but don't jump into the character's thoughts too often, else your 1rd or 3st boat might not float :D
     
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    This is always good advice. Flooding the reader with the character's thoughts and feelings is one of the things that gives first person a bad reputation, especially when it comes to new writers.
     
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    Thanks for the advice :) I'll try not to dwell on his thoughts too much and just get on with the story.
     

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