Normally, we only see this much of someone’s mind when we are in our own heads!
However, in first person writing, we only get to see things from character’s point of view. Although we can see every conversation, interaction, and thought as if we (the readers) are the character, everything else that you are told is skewed by the perspective of this one person.
If you don’t plan this way, you may find that at some point in your writing, something doesn’t make sense. Whether it is an academic paper or a novel, third person narratives must be planned out in detail so as to avoid confusion down the road.
It can be something as simple as the timing of events being “off” or overlapping, or something that just doesn’t fit. Just like in first and second person writing, the third person perspective is driven by the pronouns used.
They are the subject of the sentence, and these pronouns are Oh, the drama!
And all of it shown by third person pronouns in the objective case.Of course, much like Daryl, we need to take a look at the possessive case for these third person pronouns as well.Your contestants in the possessive case pageant are: Scary story, but we were able to wedge all of the examples of the third person possessive pronoun into it. The good, the bad, the ugly, and yes, the grammar of writing in third person.Be sure to check out our lessons and blog posts on first person writing and writing in second person narrative.They will help you decide which style best suits your next masterpiece.It’s almost like they are the proverbial “fly on the wall” and able to listen in on everything that happens—at least as much as the narrator lets them! As the reader, you get an intimate and usually very detailed look into the mind of another human being.Contrast this to first person writing, where the reader can see into the mind of the main character. We get to see them process everything that comes their way as the story unfolds.All you have to do is tell the story from that person’s perspective.You relay information to the reader through what that character is seeing, hearing, and feeling.It gives the reader a rather omniscient perspective of the story.The third person sees the story in its entirety and describes everything they sees.