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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Explain your opinion in great detail.


Is it better to start a story in third-person then move on to first person? Or should I choose one and stick with it? What about naming each chapter after a character? Is that stealing? Because the writer of the Game of Thrones did that. The story that I am writing has fifteen main characters each telling their story. I need to know this.
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Naming the chapter after characters is not technically stealing as it’s a commonly known technique. You can use this to tell the reader what point of view the narrative is from if you're doing the first person or who the chapter’s main focus is on.


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qualeshia3 wrote:

Is it better to start a story in third-person then move on to first person? Or should I choose one and stick with it?

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The story that I am writing has fifteen main characters each telling their story. I need to know this.


Are you thinking of using third person to set up the pieces for your world and then shifting to first person once you actually start moving into the characters? Provided you can make the transition clear and people aren't confused about who's narrating that could work. Is there any particular reason you want to do things this way?


What about naming each chapter after a character? Is that stealing? Because the writer of the Game of Thrones did that.


I don't think it's actually possible to copyright naming chapters after characters.
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BlueOni wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Is it better to start a story in third-person then move on to first person? Or should I choose one and stick with it?

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The story that I am writing has fifteen main characters each telling their story. I need to know this.


Are you thinking of using third person to set up the pieces for your world and then shifting to first person once you actually start moving into the characters? Provided you can make the transition clear and people aren't confused about who's narrating that could work. Is there any particular reason you want to do things this way?


What about naming each chapter after a character? Is that stealing? Because the writer of the Game of Thrones did that.


I don't think it's actually possible to copyright naming chapters after characters.


The prologue will be in third person and the chapters I was gonna put in first person by listing their name.
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DarkSasword wrote:

Naming the chapter after characters is not technically stealing as it’s a commonly known technique. You can use this to tell the reader what point of view the narrative is from if you're doing the first person or who the chapter’s main focus is on.




Will it be confusing?
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Fantasy. I'm writing fantasy.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

The prologue will be in third person and the chapters I was gonna put in first person by listing their name.


That's what made the most sense to me for the shift you're wanting. I think you'll be fine as long as you make that transition clear, which is exactly what your chapter titles do. If you want to double down and make sure it's completely clear just indicate who "I" and "me" are during a conversation toward the front of the chapter.
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Okay, I will.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
Is it better to start a story in third-person then move on to first person?


This could be a really cool device, like having a story or stories (first person) told within the main story (third person). Google "story within a story". =)
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when you are done, mail us all your autographs before you publish

your idea is really cool; don't worry about the copyright stuff
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qualeshia3 wrote:
Is it better to start a story in third-person then move on to first person?


This could be a really cool device, like having a story or stories (first person) told within the main story (third person). Google "story within a story". =)


I was going to start the prologue in third person then write the chapters in first person and list the character's names for the chapter title.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


sena3927 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
Is it better to start a story in third-person then move on to first person?


This could be a really cool device, like having a story or stories (first person) told within the main story (third person). Google "story within a story". =)


I was going to start the prologue in third person then write the chapters in first person and list the character's names for the chapter title.


I think that sounds pretty cool.
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Thanks.
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Gyava wrote:

when you are done, mail us all your autographs before you publish

your idea is really cool; don't worry about the copyright stuff



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