How To Write Short Stories – Part Seven – First or Third Person?

If you have missed my previous parts the content is as follows –

Part One – General outline of what a short story entails

Part Two – How to get inspiration for your short story

Part Three – Characters

Part Four – Plotting Your Short Story

Part Five – Point of View in Short Stories

Part Six – Dialogue in Short Stories

It can always be tricky when you start to write a story to know whether to do it from a first person perspective or a third person perspective. Everybody has a preferred choice, personally I prefer to write in first person. These tips will help you to choose which one suits you best so you can write your story without any hesitation!

First Person (from your perspective)

–          I find it a lot easier to write in the first person because you can become the character that you are writing about, you can really relate to them and get in their shoes. It is much more personal and intimate when writing this way which helps to create a convincing character for the reader.

–          It allows you to give a twist in the story. For instance you could write in a particular way, dropping hints all the way through that suggests to the reader that the protagonist is a man when you reveal at the end dun dun dunnnnn that it is actually a woman. Twists like this make your story much more interesting.

Third Person (outsider looking in)

–          You can see and describe your characters in depth because you are an outsider looking in.

–          You can enlarge the plot.

–          You cover more characters.

–          The third person is far less limiting than the first person.

Hope this has helped you! Any questions feel free to post below and I will answer them for you. Part Eight will be on BEGINNINGS and ENDINGS so keep your eyes peeled folks!


Lyrical Poetry Explained!

Lyrical poetry is a form common within a lot of poems; however it can be quite difficult to determine what does and does not confer to this form. So in this short text I will help to explain the features, common characteristics and how to determine what lyrical poetry is.

Lyrical poetry is in general shorter than epics and plays. It is an expression of one’s personal thoughts, feelings and emotions and is often connoted with songs. It would never describe a series of events (as that would make the poem a narrative), but the feelings felt within the occurrences. The voice within the poem does not necessarily have to be that of the poet’s, it could be that of a fictional character. The form it takes can be speech, song like, or a combination of the two. A common example of lyrical poetry is a sonnet. The meter used within lyrical poetry is predominantly regular, such as iambic or trochaic and represents the rhythm of a song or a chant. Often refrains are included (the repetition of certain lines in a poem or a song for effect) which almost ‘acts’ as a chorus in the poem. Non-lyrical poetry on the other hand can be dramatic verse (common in monologues and plays) and narrative (the telling of events).

I hope this short summary has helped to explain lyrical poetry, if you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I will answer them.