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  1. JonWaldronWilde

    JonWaldronWilde New Member

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    Writing in 1st or 3rd person? Help needed!

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by JonWaldronWilde, Oct 16, 2014.

    Hi guys,
    I have an idea for a story - a guy stuck in a soul-destroying job, makes up surreal lives for the people that share his commute. I'm not sure whether to write it in the first person as he describes what's going on or in the third person as an observer.

    Given that he's making their lives up - and I don't want that to be explicit - I was thinking first person, but when I started writing it felt awkward to tell some parts of the story.

    Help!
     
  2. Shadowfax

    Shadowfax Contributing Member Contributor

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    He sounds a little bit like a writer...

    Presumably, his "surreal lives of fellow-commuters" will be a series of episodes...I'm thinking that there would be links between them in third person, and then the episode in first person:

    "Jon Waldron rubbed his aching neck and looked around the bus. Across the aisle from him sat a pretty blonde...

    I guess I'm going to have to get my nails seen to this weekend, I have a hot date.
     
  3. Feral Inferno

    Feral Inferno Member

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    I would suggest reading this blog:
    The 7 Narrator Types

    It's certainly helped me eliminate some confusion.
     

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