This omniscient viewpoint is very valuable because it lets you inside each character’s mind. You know their history, why they think the way they do, why they do what they do, what they did last week, and what they will do next month. Also, a third person writer has no emotional involvement in what’s happening. It is hard to be relatable when you are writing in third person.
Yes, you can report a conversation to the reader, but they are still hearing the story from the outside looking in.
So let’s get started with the pronouns you will be using, and how you will be using them when writing in third person.
First, we’re going to check out the singular third person pronouns that are used in the subjective case.
Be sure to check out our lessons and blog posts on first person writing and writing in second person narrative.
They will help you decide which style best suits your next masterpiece.If you don’t plan this way, you may find that at some point in your writing, something doesn’t make sense. Whether it is an academic paper or a novel, third person narratives must be planned out in detail so as to avoid confusion down the road.It can be something as simple as the timing of events being “off” or overlapping, or something that just doesn’t fit. Just like in first and second person writing, the third person perspective is driven by the pronouns used.When writing in third person, it’s easy to give away too much information at the beginning of the story. Therefore, writing in the third person requires some planning.Since you, the writer, already know everything, it’s tough not to give away all of the secrets before the story is finished. You have to know where each character is at all times.There is nothing outside of that character’s perspective. When writing in third person, you are in complete control, and can share your all-knowingness with the reader when you want to…or you can hold back.Conversely, when you’re writing in third person, you know all and see all: past, present, and future. You decide when the reader finds out each fact, each action, each word that is spoken, and ultimately what happens to everyone in the story. Think of how a news reporter would portray the storyline, just with a whole lot more depth and detail!Normally, we only see this much of someone’s mind when we are in our own heads!However, in first person writing, we only get to see things from character’s point of view. Although we can see every conversation, interaction, and thought as if we (the readers) are the character, everything else that you are told is skewed by the perspective of this one person.All you have to do is tell the story from that person’s perspective.You relay information to the reader through what that character is seeing, hearing, and feeling.