Writer's Lounge Need advice? Want to give advice? Come on in and share ideas with your fellow writers. Just remember, all fics go in the main forum.

Thread Tools
Old August 29th, 2008 (8:59 PM).
Blue Screen of Death's Avatar
Blue Screen of Death Blue Screen of Death is offline
Wait, what?
    Join Date: Jun 2008
    Location: Wherever
    Age: 22
    Gender: Male
    Nature: Quirky
    Posts: 325
    I thought of this once, writing a story where the reader is actually the main character. I would imagine it would go like this somewhat (took this out of one of my writing things that now remains unfinished)
    "But I'm getting ahead of myself. This whole time you've been sitting here, listening to my story, but I never gave you my name. My name is Fredrick Charles, and my small blue friend here is Marin, a marill as you can see." an elderly man tells you. This man is wearing a well worn green jacket, with a blank blue shirt under that. He still seems to have a fair amount of brown hair on his head, but you can see the Grey coming in. You met him in the woods you are currently in, while you where looking for a very elusive Shroomish, and he invited you to come to his camp. Which
    seems more like a canoe held up on one end by a stick and a fire. When you had both become comfortable he started this story he has been telling you, up until this point, in which he decided to introduce himself. He seems trustworthy, and hasn't a single thing to make you think otherwise. "Are you hungry?" He asks, reaching into a sack lying near his canoe and pulling out two long, sharpened metal rods and a small package of hot dogs. He hands you one of the rods and sets the hot dogs off to the side of the fire, at a point where you can both reach them. "If you want any, help yourself." He says, then adds, "Well, I guess I should continue my story. Where was I again? Ah yes, Sable."
    See? The problem is, it would be hard to do without controlling the character the reader is. I just don't know how well that would go over. Any suggestions?
    "Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms."
    ~Groucho Marx
    Reply With Quote

    Relevant Advertising!

    Old August 29th, 2008 (10:04 PM).
    Clark's Avatar
    Clark Clark is offline
    i want the puppy
      Join Date: Oct 2007
      Gender: Other
      Nature: Relaxed
      Posts: 777
      Normally second person (writing from the reader's perspective) works well with deeper writing. It helps connect the reader to the story, and combined with lush detail and strong emotions can make a fic really stick out. However, it usually works best with short works such as oneshots. Going through a whole long chaptered fic that places you directly in it, rather than a regular character, can easily get boring and repetitive after a while.

      It really depends on the context of your story, though. You have to keep in mind that you can't just make any plot for a fic and stuff the word "you" in it all over the place. Think of it this way: Would the story work with relatively the same effect if you'd used a normal, first or third person character? If so, it's probably best to not use second person. It's rather awkward to show long-term character development and plotty events while dragging the reader along in the story, especially when you could give the same effect without this writing style.

      That said, second person goes best in short, deep bursts, making it perfect for some oneshots, but very hard to pull off with most chaptered fics. I'm sure it's possible to pull it off, though, without it seeming too awkward. You just need a very creative means of writing it, and an actual purpose to using second person rather than either of the other POVs.
      Reply With Quote
      Old August 30th, 2008 (6:30 AM).
      Ninja Caterpie's Avatar
      Ninja Caterpie Ninja Caterpie is offline
      Sitting by the back window
        Join Date: Mar 2008
        Location: Best City OCE
        Age: 21
        Gender: Male
        Nature: Bold
        Posts: 5,988
        Hey, I tried that for my oneshot FFC last month! It...was better than it would have been in 3rd person, I think.

        I agree with ILike2EatPiez, second person is better for deep, emotional fics, especially one-shots.
        Brony represent.
        Reply With Quote

        Quick Reply

        Join the conversation!

        Create an account to post a reply in this thread, participate in other discussions, and more!

        Create a PokéCommunity Account

        Sponsored Links
        Thread Tools

        Posting Rules
        You may not post new threads
        You may not post replies
        You may not post attachments
        You may not edit your posts

        BB code is On
        Smilies are On
        [IMG] code is On
        HTML code is Off

        Forum Jump

        All times are GMT -8. The time now is 5:38 PM.