A-Z Challenge 2015: F is for First Person

What is First Person? The term first person refers to the speaker himself or a group that includes the speaker (i.e., Imewe, and us).

The personal pronouns (Iyouhesheitweyouthey) are grouped into different categories:

  • First person: and we
  • Second person: you
  • Third person: He/She/It and They


First Person:

  • “I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me.” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Second Person:

  • “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

Third Person:

  • “He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she, “sensible, good humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! — so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!” Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice 

I love reading in first and third person. When I write, I tend to do more first person these days. I am practicing on getting back into third person. Do you have a favorite?

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5 Responses

  1. Stephen Tremp says:

    I still prefer the third person, although I’m ready the Percy Jackson series and enjoying the first person POV.

    • R.K. Grow says:

      I have not had the chance to the read the Percy Jackson series yet. My nieces have. I’ve seen the movies. I love mythology. I have added the series to my already growing TBR (to be read) list.

  2. Liesel Hill says:

    I prefer third person. I’ve never been good at writing in first, though I suppose I should do it more often to challenge myself. 😀

    • R.K. Grow says:

      I used to write really well in third person and then something happened about 5 years ago. Now, all I want to do is write in first person. I’ve read a lot of really great books lately in first person too. I think it works, depending on the writing of course and the subject matter.

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