Monday, June 21, 2010

Bootcamp Wisdom SKILL #7


It's been a while since I last posted a bootcamp tidbit, so here's number seven, according to Linda and Laura.

First Person - "I" or "We"  (Narrator may not be trustworthy.)
Second Person - "You"  (Ex. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)  Seldom used.  Not a common convention.
Third Person - "He" or "She" or "They"  MOST often used.

  • 3rd person Limited - told from one character's point of view.  We know only the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of the main character.
  • 3rd person Unlimited/Omniscient - told from multiple characters' viewpoints.  Knows inner life of all.
The most important thing I learned here is that MOST picture books are told in 3rd person Limited.

And that First Person is USUALLY told when the character has lots of BIG problems, or if you need to or want to identify most strongly with the main character, especially emotionally.


  1. YA books are mostly, but not always, told in first person. There's a connection you get with the mc that you miss with third person. :)

    Great post!

  2. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! I just wrote a pb in first person & love the way it turned out. :)

  3. Yes, Stina that is true. I forgot to mention that. However, most YA books also deal with lots of big issues and need to have a reader connect emotionally. I guess that's why it just makes sense.

    Heather, I'm so glad you love your pb ms. I'm sure, over time, that my pbs will utilize both points of view. Alas, I must write them first. I'm glad you found the post helpful.


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