First person or not?

by Sadaf
(Bombay, India. )

Question: I am wondering whether I should write in first person or maybe have a distant take. I think this question must already be asked, but I couldn't find it.


Answer: It's your choice what style of narration to use. The two most common and easiest styles of narration are...

1. first person, past tense.
2. third person limited, past tense.

But some novels are written from the point of view of an omniscient narrator or a character narrator (who is telling someone else's story). Many are written in present tense. A few are even written in second person or in future tense (though these are difficult to do well).

You have to find a style that feels right for your book.

Omniscient narration (the distant take) has fallen out of favour in recent years because it makes it harder for the reader to feel emotionally close to the main character. That doesn't mean you can't do it, just that it is more challenging. You have to decide whether a more objective view is appropriate for the story you're telling.

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