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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.


I spent a month about thinking of this and researching about the subject. Generally it is possible that you can stick to the first person for the whole book. It is also possible to be stuck in a story-teller mode and be only in third-person. And if you want to be ugly, even describe the thoughts of the characters that way. But I think it is a matter of preference.

The style which I've at least for myself settled during this month is to try to be fluid and not switch excessively but, if I feel like that first person is too weak to describe the world around the character; I find an opening to switch to third person. Same way, if I feel like it is getting too personal for the protagonist and describing the world through third person - when what I want to do is to express the emotions in a greater depth; find a break to switch to the first person.

I have been trying a lot of this with my original novel that feels like a long eternity project.

At least some of the books that I have read lately had this type of hopping between first and third person. I at least personally like it, because I feel like I have a strong connection with the story and I would be able to manipulate the reader more to the way where I want to take her. (Despite of my handicaps of not being a native speaker... x_x)

TLDR version: Go with what you feel most comfortable with yourself and you feel like it gives off the best results. And for naming, chapters that give the best impact for the story would probably feel the most natural ones. A character name can work well as a sketch-name for a chapter. If you come up with a better one like: "That day when the seagulls cried."; that would just be the absolute perfect fit, then go with the absolutely perfect fit. I don't think the reader is going to put that much attention how the chapters have been named. I know at least for a personal experience, I don't ever pay any attention to the name of the chapter.

I don't think there is reader that'll say "mehh, this book is great but the chapter wasn't named well enough, it breaks the fourth wall for me so I have to quit here."
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

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.


I used to participate on a writing critique site. The overall thought I have heard is consistency. However, anything can be done, if it is done well.

Really, it is okay to shift from perspectives from first to first with another person, if they are clear, but 3rd to first is tough.

However, I reiterate.... you can do ANYTHING with writing as long as the readers enjoy it.
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Okay.
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Thank you.
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