Mystery Solved! Riddle of Writing Well in the First Person Revealed!

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

IrishFirebrands is my only finished novel, and it’s written in a limited third person point of view. In its sequel, work-in-progress OnceBurnt, TwiceBlind, the first and last chapters are the only attempts I’ve made to write fiction in the first person, and I’m not sure they’ll stay that way. This is in spite of the fact that some of my favorite stories are told in the first person; however, those books were written a long time ago. An excellent example is TreasureIsland.

treasure island coverThe audiobook I grew up with: Absolutely the best reading ever done.

Most of the new generation of first-person narratives I’ve sampled have been disappointing. The awkward writing in those books includes narrator self-description, multiple head-hopping, and an excess of “telling” and data-dumping: evidence that the limitations of the first person point of view were too difficult for the writer to work around. I believe…

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