I had a creative writing course professor tell us once that only amateur, inexperienced writers use first person. He said that is was the easiest to write and the worst to read because only experienced authors can pull it off successfully, with the general attitude being that only "bad" writers use first person because they don't have the skill to do anything else. By that time, I was two years into my novella, written in first person. I have read some wonderful books written in first person that are very well done and very pleasant to read, so I don't agree with what he said at all. In fact, it made me doubt everything he said for the rest of the course. It made me angry, actually, but is he right? Is writing in first person the “easy way out”? Do you need to be a great writer in order to write first person well?