- Sep 24, 2020
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What generally makes you decide whether to write your horror story in third or first person?
fountain923 said:What generally makes you decide whether to write your horror story in third or first person?
Third. I cannot stand First POV. I need that distance between myself and the character to see things clearly--and I get super annoyed with 1st POV when the character does something stupid that I know is stupid but I have to write anyway. Unless it's character entries (diaries, letters, etc), those are fun.
However, when I started writing my first ghost manuscript, I began in the first person . . .
What's a ghost manuscript? Do you mean you're a ghostwriter, or are you referring to some other type of book?
If it works for the story, and it works for you, and you can get it all to work--which it sounds like you have--keep it first!I wrote a long messy draft of a novel quite a few years ago, in third person, but I bogged down at the rewrite-and-revise stage. Recently I've been changing it all to first person, which I find is helping a whole lot in figuring out what works and what doesn't. It feels like a magical transformation, bringing all my thoughts and feelings about the story into much sharper focus. I'm on the fence about whether to change it all back to third when I'm done.
That's fine we held a seance and the spirits told us you were referring to them.Meaning a manuscript featuring ghosts. In hindsight, I suppose that may've been a little unclear, although I hadn't thought it'd be interpreted like that