Writing genres

United States
July 5, 2007 7:00pm CST
Which genres do you feel are the easiest and/or best to write in? In other words, I guess I'm asking what type of writing do you like (formal, 3rd person, 1st or 2nd person) and why do you like the said style? I usually enjoy stories told in 3rd person because I can get a glimpse of everything that's going on. When I write my own works, I usually try to tell them in 3rd person so the reader can get the full effect. What do you think?
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
7 Jul 07
The point of view used when it comes to writing is highly determined by the genre used or the purpose of the writing material. Journals and diaries lend itself quite easily towards first person. Directions are usually easier with second person. Fiction normally has a wider range with third person as the most popular. Personally, when writing a story I prefer to write in third person, sometimes omniscient, sometimes limited to what is actually happening. Writing in my journal I usually prefer to use my voice, keeping it in first person. Very rarely, do I utilize the second person. So overall, for me, there is really no preference. I pick the point of view that fits my current goal or purpose.
• United States
11 Jul 07
I didn't think about direction, cookbooks and other types of books. Great observation. I understand wanting to use a writer's voice for journals, but for a story shifting to a more distant and neutral tone. It's great that you're the type of writer who can write in several points of view.
@skydancer (1716)
• United States
7 Jul 07
First person is easiest for me, or else a 3rd person character whose personality is similar to mine. I don't write happy subjects very well and get into the description and imagery a lot more realistically and passionately when the subject matter is more "dreary." Not necessarily grotesque, just dark... I don't know what that says about me... maybe that I yearn to keep the happier emotions and release the more unpleasant ones, I don't know. But that is how I most easily write. I enjoy writing prose, but have lately found poetry so much easier just because there is more freedom with words, images, and the order thereof and they don't necessarily have to make obvious sense like they usually do in prose.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
I understand using 3rd person for a more gritty storyline. Sometimes the story is multi-dimensional and you need to see it through the lenses of multiple characters, not just one character, particularly if the narrator is unreliable or selfish. I enjoy writing prose, but poetry seems difficult. I was once in a poetry reading club, but I felt my poems were bad so I quit. Anyway, good luck in your poetry adventures.
@abiesm (376)
• Vietnam
6 Jul 07
I like 1st person , I think I can show more deeply my feelings. Beside it, I also feel like I can live with my words when I use the 1st person . Maybe it causes some difficults for the readers but it's more mysterious in some case .
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• United States
6 Jul 07
I don't think 1st person necessarily calls for difficulty or could be hard to interpret. 1st person sometimes gives writing, particularly fiction and creative non-fiction a more intimate dimension.
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• United States
6 Jul 07
I also like writing in the third person point of view. Again, like you, I like being able to see and show everything that is happening in a story. I feel like I have more power when I write in third person.
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• United States
6 Jul 07
3rd person definitely allows a writer more power. You also need a special ability to perceive people and works written in 3rd person must have strong characterization.
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
6 Jul 07
Probably 3rd person though 1st person could work just as well. I have never tried a 2nd person writing view point. I think it depends on the story. I like both of them so I really don't have a favorite between them.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
Both POV's can be very effective depending on the author's tone, own beliefs towards characterization and the mood of the story.
• United States
7 Jul 07
I prefer to write and read 3rd person novels. I like to hear about all aspects of the story as well. Although 1st person can be done well, and it also gives more opportunity for a lot of secrets to be revealed slower because you only know what the narrator knows.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
I agree with your beliefs about 3rd person. I think 1st person can be done for children's and other novels dealing with sensitive material the author may want to present in a way that does speak to the author's own beliefs, but to be impartial, 3rd person point of view may be better.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
7 Jul 07
I prefer third person, the omni view. The first person is so limiting, while in the third person, you can see what everyone is doing. Also with first, it seems so selfish, i DID THIS, i did that, how it affected me!! Besides in a third person, you can see how something affected everyone.
• United States
11 Jul 07
I wouldn't necessarily call 1st person selfish. Sometimes a main character may be selfish, sometimes not.