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    heidilynn New Member

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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by heidilynn, Dec 7, 2017.

    I have started a story and so far it's in third person. i am considering writing the 2 main characters in first person. his side, her side. opinions??
     
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    that was very helpful and imformative. thank you. i understand what they are saying about being limited in first person. i just liked the idea of a look inside the mind of each character. maybe for some parts i can add in the POV of each.
     
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    If you are going to write multiple 1st person characters, you have to be sure you make it very clear when you switch whose character you are in. You also have to make sure you make each character's "voice" distinctive and unique to that character. When Elizabeth Kostova wrote three 1st person characters in The Swan Thieves, the most pointed criticism of the work was that all three voices were the same.

    If you want to use multiple POV characters, 3rd person limited will probably be better.
     
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    good advice, i only want to do 1st person for key parts. first meeting and then i want my 2 main characters to have a sort of telekinesis and those parts i would like to do in 1st person.
     
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    That would work. There are lots of examples of mixing 1st and 3rd. Good luck with it.
     
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    You can absolutely look inside the mind of each character in close third person limited. You don't need first person for that.
     
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    i had to google that. haha i am finding i really don't know as much as i thought. i'm so glad i joined this sight. thank you so much
     

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