It *is* impossible for me to write first perspective well and I am aware of that. Form the two I'd rather start writing descriptions that use "I" too much while narrating. Though I sincerely can't see any good reasons to describe every corridor, every cloak one of the main characters wears, etc. I believe that most corridors in medieval-like castles are rather alike and anyone with some imagination should handle the fact I won't tell him how this one looks if it is nothing out of ordinary.


Nothing is "impossible". If you already believe that to be true, then your chances of making a successful attempt at writing in 1st person will make it even harder.

I have found that the reason most writers find 1st Person difficult is twofold: 1) An inability to get into the head of their character [roleplay/act]; and 2) they don't know their character well enough.

When writing 1st person, you, the author, must disappear. You have to step aside and allow that character to emerge. Having done that, I have found getting to know that character is a learning process. It doesn't happen over night nor does it happen over the 1st or 2nd chapters. It takes at least 10,000 words of writing to get inside that character's head before you, as the author, really knows their inner workings.

This does not mean you have to know every single one of your characters right down to the last hair on their head. There will be some characters that are basic scenery for the plot. Those are the ones that you don't necessarily have to get to know through and through because they are put in that particular scene for scenery, atmosphere or even as a placeholder.

And, as far as descriptions go, I've read some brilliant stories where the scenery was barely mentioned. Everything was portrayed through dialogue, with attention given to its cadence, the character's peripheral view and general ambiance. General rule of thumb: Describe only those things that drive the plot forward. Readers already know what a phone booth looks like. They can picture in their head their own Medieval dungeon alcove. There is no need to describe each and every nuance of that booth *unless* it's vital to the plot. I say 'less is best'.

Writing is not an art where one can reach a 'level' and claim supremacy. Writing is a process that spans a lifetime. You will always encounter a new point of view. You will always be searching, honing and bettering your skills. So, be patient with yourself. If 1st person does not feel comfortable to you, give it some time. Read as many books in 1st person POV that you can get your hands on. In fact, one book just came to mind that incorporates both 1st and 3d: Grisham's "The Testament". Read the 1st chapter. It's all 1st person. The rest of the story is written in 3d. I'm not saying Grisham is my ideal author. I'm saying note the various authors styles and develop one of your own. It's a time consuming process, but the payoff is huge -- not only in your writing, but for you, as a person. You will discover new sides to yourself you never knew existed.

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