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nicola
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:54:59 PM

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Stories can be written from these viewpoints:

a) First person perspective (I did this, I felt)
b) Third person subjective (she touched his, she felt an urge to)
c) Overview (James moved over to the bed, Lisa reclined in anticipation)
d) Multiple viewpoint

Which one do you most often use and why?

Do you think one particular one is more suited to short erotic stories?

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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:18:13 PM

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I prefer using "I" when telling a story. For me, it is easier to write and read. It makes me feel a part of the story whether I am writing it or reading it. I do not like reading stories that sound like they are talking to another person. i.e. "You took your clothes off," "You walked over to me." Not sure why, just personal preference I guess.
For erotic short stories I think the "I" perspective or the third party perspective is best.
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mixed..... of 3rd and overview

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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:10:30 PM

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I usually use first because I want to show the male perspective, from my own unique view of what's happening. Sometimes, I'll use third person (John did this, Carol replied with...) because I can express the female's thoughts better that way, while also showing the man's.
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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:23:34 PM

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I use third person, usually from the female point of view - although I've written one from the male's perspective. I haven't tried writing in the first person before.
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009 3:42:48 AM

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I must say I haven't yet decided what I like best.
I have many different perspectives even when I'm talking about myself.
People can get a bit nervous when she speaks about herself in various ways, this is just how Catnips mind works though, looking in from the outside.


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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009 10:09:53 AM

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My preference is for the first person--although depending upon which personality happens to dominate at any given time, the perspective can vary.
Still, there are times when only the omniscient perspective will work.
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009 3:10:07 PM

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I use first person primarily, but die write one multiple viewpoint story (divided in the middle), Alone after dinner. This was difficult for me because it was the first time I tried to present the female point of view. I like how this one came out but I think multiple viewpoint gets harder the more viewpoint transitions you do. It can quickly confuse the reader. Who is this? What happened to the last viewpoint?

Another important similar issue is tense, past tense is most common (and highly recommended) but I have written one present tense story. I found this very hard to do, but was trying to get a different feel from the story, make it a bit uncomfortable, erotically sad so to speak. That one was Watching at the strip bar. This story was a bit of a flop. I do, however, like some of the imagry.
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First person is very hard to do well. "The Catcher in the Rye" is about the best example of first-person fiction I can think of. Unless you are writing autobiographically, it is simply very difficult to convince the reader that the person telling the story is real.

The second person (You stand waiting in the orange streetlamp glow; the breeze tickles your hair) is pretty limited in its use and its usefulness. It's impossible to put any emotion into the story, because when the author writes "you feel like you did when your puppy was hit by your uncle's car" the reader is likely to say to himself "no I don't".

Personally, when I write fiction, I use third-person limited, and tend to approach each sub-plot strand from the point of view of a different character in the story, so that the larger story is a compilation of several smaller, interwoven stories, all feeding int one another.

What I write most frequently, though, is creative non-fiction, which I do almost exclusively in the first-person, because it is autobiographical.
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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2009 10:15:21 PM

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I write usually with a third person. I like the fact that I can say what is going on in multipul people's minds at any given moment. When I read a story in first person, I just feel like they are telling me what they did and I am not able to connect with the story, because it limits my ability to become one of the characters. Perhaps that is becuase I only write fictional pieces and never write anything that is from my own experience.

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I use first person and third person mostly...
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Now that I have learned the differences from D's posting I feel so smart now......bootyshake (this is my sarcastic bootyshake) ...lol



I usually like to write in first or third person......mostly third because I like being the storyteller.....coffee

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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 3:54:42 PM

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I use first mostly, because anything else seems to confuse me.
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I usually use first person, as any third person point of view takes some of the immediacy away.
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Zafia wrote:
Now that I have learned the differences from D's posting I feel so smart now......bootyshake (this is my sarcastic bootyshake) ...lol



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Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2009 5:51:38 AM

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I like to try to write many of my stories in a variety of different ways, just to try something new. I like to write from multiple points of view as for me it is a challenge and I like to "see" my story unfold from other views, though I guess it can be a tad confusing sometimes...
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I haven't tried writing yet but when reading i prefer either third person or overview. For some reason reading 'I did this and that' doesn't do it for me as well



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Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2009 1:21:54 PM

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nicola wrote:
Stories can be written from these viewpoints:

a) First person perspective (I did this, I felt)
b) Third person subjective (she touched his, she felt an urge to)
c) Overview (James moved over to the bed, Lisa reclined in anticipation)
d) Multiple viewpoint

Which one do you most often use and why?

Do you think one particular one is more suited to short erotic stories?

coffee


I've tried third, but it always sounds ingenuine, and I end up redoing it with me as the "star of the show," so to speak. I guess I'm just better at writing about myself, my actions, my fantasies. That way, I don't have to worry too much about names until I get past myself, him and her.
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I try to mix it up. Sometimes I'll write in the first if it suits the story and scenario, and sometimes it'll be third, to give both males and females a visual and what each is thinking/feeling.
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I prefer using the first person prospective, but I will sometimes use the third person or overview style. I avoid mixing prospectivies in any one story. I think that shows a lack of knowledge of the rules of English grammar. Shock of shocks, there really are rules.

Though I don't claim to be an authority on English composition, I try my best. My strongest advise is to proof-read your work before submitting it. If it flows smoothly as your read, it will probably be acceptable to most of your readers. Even writings for the internet should at least stick to the basics of good grammar to avoid as much confusion as possible.
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2009 7:48:07 PM

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I use first person in some stories, third person subjective, in others, and alternating 3rd person viewpoint and "omnipotent" third person in others. I once tried second person, but don't think it came out too well. I think short stories can work well in any point of view. It's all context and story dependent.
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Luckymann wrote:
I prefer using the first person prospective, but I will sometimes use the third person or overview style. I avoid mixing prospectivies in any one story. I think that shows a lack of knowledge of the rules of English grammar. Shock of shocks, there really are rules.

Though I don't claim to be an authority on English composition, I try my best. My strongest advise is to proof-read your work before submitting it. If it flows smoothly as your read, it will probably be acceptable to most of your readers. Even writings for the internet should at least stick to the basics of good grammar to avoid as much confusion as possible.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with alternating between perspectives within a single story, depending upon the style of the story and provided the switches are done in a clear manner. Especially when using the third-person limited perspective, it is actually quite common to move from the point-of-view of one character to that of another or even several others. It is also not uncommon to switch between first-person and third-person, particularly when a story incorporated diary passages as a part of its narrative technique.

As to proof-reading your work, my strongest advice is to make fewer mistakes when you're lecturing others about the importance of good grammar. It lets your prospective audience know that your perspective is one they should take seriously.
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Just FYI, I'm told it is possible, though just barely, to write an entertaining story in 2nd person. HOWEVER: it's a chore to write, a complete turn-off (for me) to read, and appears to have little market appeal. Here's an sample taken from Wiki.

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You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning. But here you are, and you cannot say that the terrain is entirely unfamiliar, although the details are fuzzy. You are at a nightclub talking to a girl with a shaved head. The club is either Heartbreak or the Lizard lounge. All might come clear if you could just slip into the bathroom and do a little more Bolivian Marching Powder. —Opening lines of Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City (August 12, 1984).


More often than not, I follow D's sound example and write in 3rd limited. However, I have been known to dabble in first.

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Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:47:37 PM

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I prefer to write in the 3rd person subjective from multiple points of view. I find that, for me at least it allows the story to flow easily. This omniscient view allows me to explore what my charactors are thinking and feeling. I've tried first person, but if the story is longer or more complicated than reflecting on one event, it becomes very difficult.
I've never written in the 2nd person and unless I was writing to a specific person, I don't see a need for it.
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Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 12:44:32 AM

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First person. It is a lot easier to share my fantasies when I write them as if I am actually doing it.

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I always write stories in first person and prefer reading them written that way as well. There is something about third person writing that seems very sterile and detached, as if it's a clinical observation. Plus third party descriptions of feelings and thoughts seem unbelievable to me. I need to be in the writer's/protagonist's head.
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Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:38:48 AM

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I use whatever I feel is best for telling the story. I like third person subjective and Omnipotent, (Ah, the god complex.) First person works best for a deeply personal point of view. It works well when the story is about the thoughts, feelings and experiences of one person. Third person gives the author a wider range of expression, where multiple character points of view can be expressed. I think both points of view are difficult to master. I don't really know if one is any better than the other just that each one has its own set of unique characteristics.
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I tend to like first person narrative when reading short-story erotica. It gives the illusion (whether the story is true, or just imagined) that the fantasy encounter is a dirty dark confessional that the writer is choosing to share with an audience.

However, I have found that writing in first person is also much more personal and vulnerable for an author. I do feel like I'm sharing a part of myself that very few people will ever know of me. Sometimes that can put me a bit on edge in an unexpected way. It's more intense.

I also appreciate a good third personal narrative if it's well. It's less personal for the author, and I find that creating the characters and the plot line can be done with fewer inhibitions.... At least in my own experience, anyway.

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Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:29:26 PM

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I prefer to use the overview and slip in and out of 3rd person occasionally.. I never use "I".. I don't find myself that interesting a subject to write about.. plus it gives the perception of possibility within the story.. my poetry however is more personal...
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Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:53:33 PM

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I've used all of them. Most of my newer stories have been first person since I like to picture myself in the story or because the story is based on a real experience. If the main character is female, I'll use third person.

I've noticed that some male readers take offence at first person narratives, while female readers tend to like my first person stories best. I'm not sure why that is...just seems to be the trend. I've actually looking at writing more third person stories because of all the negative feedback I've received about my stories being first person.
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