The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction in First Person

Diane Callahan
The Startup
Published in
13 min readMar 26, 2020

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In terms of point of view (POV), most authors either write in first person (using the pronoun “I”) or third person (using the pronouns “he,” “she,” or “they”). Here, I’ll cover the ins and outs of first person, including:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of a close POV
  • Types of first-person narrators and narrative forms

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