When it comes to writing (and probably other things, but it’s not like I’m
going to be talking about those
it’s sometimes not a bad idea to simply do what feels natural to you, to give
in to your strengths. I've recently come to the realization that I tend to write
best in first-person POV. I have no idea why, but I noticed when I write in
third-person, I tend to pull away from the protag a bit, be a bit distance-y. And,
in general, that's something I always try to avoid.
I want to be right there in the protagonist’s
direct thoughts and feelings, so readers feel like they’re perceiving the world
and story through the protag’s eyes.
me, that tends to lead to a stronger reading experience, and for me that’s best
achieved in first-person.
Maybe when I
write in third, the very fact that I refer to the protagonist as a “he” or “she,”
rather than “I,” naturally starts to pull me away from the protag and things
only get worse from there.
way, I wind up having to do lots of revision to make the POV tighter and closer
when I write in third-person POV.
I think I’m not going to fight it anymore, and just plain write in first-person
That’s not to say I won’t write in third-person if the story calls for
If I happen to think of a story idea
that involves multiple POVs and it simply makes sense to go for third-person,
then I will.
But I figure, why
purposefully go for third when I tend to write better in first?
Why fight my nature?
I realized this same type about myself a while ago regarding the audience I
At first I wrote adult
stories, then realized very quickly I’m naturally better suited for a younger
audience, so I wrote in the young adult genre.
But turns out I have more of a natural middle-grade voice, so now I write
middle-grade, and I love it.
it, you know?
But again, that doesn’t mean I won’t write outside my natural comfort zone(s)
should the occasion arise.
I plan to
start writing my adult superhero story (now that I’m nearing pre-planning
completion), and we’ll see how that goes.
But I’d say that, in general (as there are always exceptions, of course),
write to your strengths and what feels natural to you.