Writing in first person

Question: I'm beginning a novel, where I want the characters to develop independently as well as coming together to form the story and plot. My question is is it better to tell the story as a narrator or to do it from the point of view of the main character in first person?


Answer Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages.

If you are writing entirely in first person from the main character's viewpoint, then you are limited to what he/she has personally witnessed and can relate. Because of that, you may need to find clever ways to tell parts of the other characters' stories which the main character is not present to observe.

The advantage is that the main character can talk to the reader directly and may not always be truthful or accurate in his account.

Limited third person narration makes it easier to switch viewpoints if you need to, and may be the best choice if you want to tell the stories of several characters independently. However, an omniscient entity, the narrator must be honest.

The choice is yours and depends on what is more important to your story and preferred style.

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