If you are winning an award, I say definitely first. It’s always better to win the first place prize than the third. But when it comes to writing, which is better?
I like writing in first person. A lot of YA fiction is in first person. I think it gives the author a little more credibility. That is, if they are credible.
For example, I wrote Ordinary Me in first person, but that doesn’t mean that I was driving a car in Driver’s Ed, that inadvertently ended up in the middle of a police chase, that resulted in stopping an escaped convict. But I was once a high school student, who did take Driver’s Ed at school, and I am female. So I have some credibility, I think.
However, writing in third person doesn’t mean I have any less credibility or any more either. It’s just different. For my short story, Just Perfect, I used third person. I can’t explain why, it just worked better in third person than first.
There is also the genre to consider. YA works in both first person and third. Historical Romance works best in third, (I think, because I’ve never read a first person historical). Contemporary works in either too. In the end I think the authors have to look to the characters to see which is better, first or third. After all, it’s their story that is being told.
Just my random thought for the day!
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