Why I Write in the Third Person
Most fiction is written in either the first (I, me) or the third (he, she, they) person. I like reading them both and have written in each. (Blogging certainly lends itself to the first person.) But when I jump into a novel it’s third person all the way.
Because that’s what’s been going on in my head for as long as I can remember. I don’t know how you think, but I often think in the third person. There’s basically a running narration going on inside my head. Earlier today I was putting on my boots to take Thistle for a hike. I checked the bottoms and thought, “She decided not to put the boots on and track dirt all over the carpet.”
So, really, I’m narrating my autobiography (a very boring book) inside my head all the time. Maybe everyone does this. Maybe no one does. I tend to think it comes from reading books written in the third person A LOT when I was a kid. I’ve been writing a book inside my head ever since and these days I’m finally getting it out on paper.
Maybe that’s why I love writing. Pent up need.
So how about you? Do you have a preference for first or third person?