PT_Pie, The Reader

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Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/20/2020 8:43:43 PM

Fair point. I guess details like what PoV you use are kinda trivial when compared to the quality of the writing as a whole. I'm just not very familiar with second person writing, and CYAOs in general, but that first person game analogy actually helped me understand a bit more so thanks for that.

As for the blank slate thing I said... I didn't mean to imply that second person writing inherently has blank slate protagonists. It's just that in my head, third person seems like the most fitting choice for a character that is fleshed out. But that's just me being inexperienced.


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/20/2020 6:00:07 PM

Ha ha, yep a little bit. I'm just going to try to read as many stories as I can and find out what I like most.


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/20/2020 5:55:16 PM

Yeah sorry, I should've worded that better. I didn't mean it's a problem with second person writing, I just meant that I sometimes feel like I'm forcing character traits onto the reader while trying to write in second person.

Probably best for me to just read a lot more stories and get familiar with things before trying to write anything.


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/20/2020 4:57:04 PM

Right, that makes sense. If I was going to write in third person, I'd definitely keep it to the perspective of just one character. I don't want to try to do anything too complicated for now.

I think the main reason I want to write in third person is just because I like the protagonist to actually be a fully formed character with a history, instead of just being a blank slate that the reader can decide the identity of. So, if it's important to the story that a character is a coward, I find it easier to write that in third person, because telling the reader that they are a coward seems kinda forced.


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/20/2020 2:14:43 PM

I'm confused. When you say there are no limitations, do you mean like having a omniscient narrator that just knows the thoughts and feelings of every character?


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/19/2020 5:26:50 PM

Sounds interesting, I'll make sure to check it out. I definitely get what you mean about getting caught in a trap, I guess third person just feels a bit more natural to me.


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/19/2020 5:18:32 PM

Thanks for the help! I'll give it a read and see if I like how it works.


Writing in Third Person Limited? on 5/19/2020 3:46:37 PM

I've had this account for a while now but I haven't been on the site much so everything's still quite new to me.

I'm used to writing in third person limited, but so far all of the stories I've played have used the pronoun "you" to describe the protagonist. Obviously this makes sense, it is supposed to be the reader's experience after all. I'm just worried that if I try writing in third person, it may end up pulling the reader out of the story too much.

I guess my question is, do you think writing in third person limited can work? Or will there be too much of a disconnect between the reader and the protagonist? If you have any advice or know of any story games that use third person successfully, let me know.