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Joshua Harmon

Interesting ideas about first-person point-of-view vs. third-person, Dan, though I don't quite agree with your take--i.e., that third-person is dominant in current fiction, or that it's less flexible than first-person (I think both are flexible). I'll try to articulate some of this later on my blog--I've started a post there, but I need to get ready for this afternoon's class.


I agree that the first-person is really the only viable mode. I wrote the first quarter of my novel in the third person but it just wasn't working, it clanged a bit, or felt remote, or too staged. Then I went back and rewrote it in the first person and from then on it flowed, and became much much more compelling (if I do say so myself). It even flowed into other voices other than that of the initial narrator, and called into question the vantage point of some of the flashback scenes I had written about another character.

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