Writing character description in first person POV

The stories get interesting and more curious when a reader focus the characters in a narrator’s perspective. The protagonist gets more importance in this case. A person reading a novel expects some emotions to be raw so that they can feel  through the person who is experiencing. This is satisfied in a novel which is written as a first person. While writing this kind of a novel or a story, about there are difficulties to be faced since this involves revealing a person’s direct feelings and comments.

In this, I would sort out a few indispensable points while writing a character description in a first person POV.

1.      AUTHENTIC AND REALISTIC

2.      MAKE THE PROTAGONIST’ S VOICE STRONG

3.      MAKE THE INTRODUCTION PERFECT

4.      ADHERENCE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER IN A READER’S HEART

5.      SINGLE POINT OF VIEW CHARACTER

6.      GIVE THE POINTS IN A SEQUENCE

7.      START WITH A REVEALING ACTION

These points would make the character description in a story remarkable by the readers.

AUTHENTIC AND REALISTIC

In a story, the narrator should emphasis the character’s in their own identifiable manner. It should be clear without any confusion. The first person (Narrator) should start the introduction as if they are just into that story. Only then, it will make sense and it will be realistic. The narrator should give importance to the potent characters of the person introduced and should proceed the story in an aunthentic way. It gives the readers more interest to continue the story. The story should be taken up in an easy and brief way by the narrator as a first person perspective.

MAKE THE PROTAGONIST’ S VOICE STRONG

The main character’s voice must be strong enough to bring the attention of the readers. It should help the reader understand about it’s characters clearly. When a  protogonist’s voice is clearly explained in this context, it helps the readers to pay good interest towards the story. So, making the voice of a protogonist strong is essential in writing a character definition in a first person POV

MAKE THE INTRODUCTION PERFECT

The story is designed well only if it’s introduction is good. Every reader decides the gist of the story by it’s introduction. The first person should give an introduction revealing the main character’s profound skills and potentials in a good manner. Some of the points to remember while starting an introduction in a first person POV,

  • Use first person pronoun
  • Use active voice
  • Use simple and short sentences that are easy to be understood by the readers
  • Address reader’s as ‘ you’
  • Express feelings in a genuine way
  • Express the thoughts as a single person

ADHERENCE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER IN A READER’S HEART

If a story is said as a first person perspective, it should give clear understanding about the characters. Once the main character’s role is adhered to the reader’s thoughts, it would effect the target reader’s interest. As a first person perspective, the story runs through various ups and downs of a protogonist. It gives a clear understanding of them.

SINGLE POINT OF VIEW CHARACTER

While delivering a story as a first person, the thoughts of the narrator should be single. He/ she should imagine himself/ herself in the position of a single person who is admiring all other characters in the story. He/ she should give his/ her comments in a realistic way. He/she should imagine things from a single point of view.

GIVE THE POINTS IN A SEQUENCE

While writing a story in a first person POV, there will be more confusions if the story is complex. So, the characters should be dealt in a sequential manner to give the reader’s a clear understanding. The points should be emphasized in a coherent manner by the first person.

START WITH A REVEALING ACTION

The story should begin with the attention of a reader. The start of the story should bring out a revealing action of a story. This is what helps the reader’s fanatic thoughts to fly over catching up further incidences. Thus, a revealing action in a story would help the character definition understandable from a first person POV.

All these ideas would help one to build up a character definition in a first person POV. The coherent thoughts of the first person in built with  the curiosity of the reader’s, will make a successful story as a first person POV. The character gets more attention and the feelings are expressed deeply in this kind of stories.

For example, Suzanne Collins wrote ‘ THE HUNGER GAMES’ in a first person perspective.

Likewise, there are several successful stories and novels dealt with a first person perspective.

Of course, in a short story there are limits if we use a first person POV, but to a certain extent it also makes an interesting story.

To make your story into a perfect blend of super selling novel in the city, these tips would be recommended.

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