• Diane Callahan

All About Writing in First Person

Updated: Jul 27, 2019

Most writers are already familiar with the definitions of first, second, and third person, but in this three-part series, I’ll delve deeper into the effect each of these perspectives can have on characterization and the reader’s experience, in addition to analyzing some examples. Here, I’ll cover the ins and outs of first person (I, me, my), including:


+ Advantages of a close POV

+ Types of narrators and narrative forms

+ Past vs. present tense

+ Common problems in first-person writing

+ First person in YA vs. literary fiction

+ A writing exercise