Leave a comment

ASK EM — first or third person

Keyboard with Tips and Tricks Button.

Dear Em,

Should I write my story in first or third person?


What is first or third person?


FIRST — a narrative device where the narrator is speaking for and about themselves. Using I, me, my, etc.

THIRD — a point of view outside any of the characters using she, he, they, etc


A few things to think about when you are deciding to write in first or third person.

What genre is this? Children’s books, YA and NA books are often written in first person.

Who has the most to lose? If you’re only writing from the heroine’s POV in first person, and the hero has more to lose, your book would be better in third person to showcase both characters.

What do you love to read? I personally don’t love first person. It’s a preference. Therefore, I write in third.


In the end, you have to factor in the above Q&A, but if the story is well-written, readers will love it.


Thanks for reading,



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: