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April 4, 2012 4:11 PM Subscribe
Any advice on how to switch from writing in second person to writing from a first- or third-person viewpoint?
posted by jfoo to writing & language (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been writing short stories and failed novels for years now, and the process usually seesaws from challenging to difficult to moderate to brain-numbingly impossible. My main problem is actually finishing stories as opposed to just noodling around with them.
Just this week, I started writing some short stories in second person, just as an experiment. Lo and behold, the words flowed in a way that I haven't experienced in quite some time. I was able to piece together plots and really get into the mindset of the characters. I even finished two stories--albeit stories that err on the side of flash fiction.
For some of the stories, I think the second-person viewpoint really works with the narrative. It draws the reader into the mindset of the main character. But for other stories, a first- or third-person viewpoint seems better.
I really, really like writing in second person, and I fully intend to explore it further. It's amazing how a change of viewpoint has shifted my inclinations toward writing. Unfortunately, I'm having problems editing my stories out of second person. While writing from a first- or third-person viewpoint, I feel the same sense of stagnation that I've always felt, and I get discouraged. My writing feels flat on rewrite.
Any advice on how to break out of second-person writing to foray into first and third? I want to harness this writing mojo.