Switching between first and third person is hard!
Writing in first person means writing from the author’s point of view or perspective. This point of view is used for autobiographical writing as well as narrative. The first person is an alternative to second person, which uses “you,” as in the sentence “You are the smartest person in the room.” (
Writing in third person is writing from the third–person point of view, or outsider looking in, and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.
I usually write in third person, past tense. It’s something that I’ve always been comfortable with. Currently all my books are in third person except the one that I’m working on. It’s called Better off Dead and as with everything I write, its currently my new favorite.
Well it would be my favorite if I could manage to stay in the same voice. You see, Better off Dead is from a first-person perspective. The lead character, Daria Gale, has an incredibly strong internal monologue that carries through the book. The problem I’m having is I will make a sentence that looks like this:
It was time to storm the castle and I was ready. She turned to the person beside her.
My brain is so used to writing she, her, him, they that when its time to write I or me, I’ve lost perspective. Have any of you ever struggled with switching back and forth in different books? I cannot be the only one.
Ugh! Back to it, I guess.