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Tips for writing in the third person

PentipWhen writing, most of us will choose to write in the Third Person Omniscient form which is, I believe, the most popular form of third person writing. However, when writing in the Third person you do have other options. As well as Third Person Omniscient, you also have the choice of Third Person Objective or Third Person Limited. I will explain the differences and talk about each form.  When writing in third person we are telling the readers what our characters are doing. Also, depending on which Third Person form we're writing in, reading their thoughts.

In first person we would use the words "I did". Yet, in third person we only say "he or she did".

When writing in Third Person Omniscient we use the words "he" and "she". For example, "she said" or "he thought".

When we write in the Third Person Objective we are only writing about our character's actions and not his or her thoughts. Here we do not use "he said" or "she said". The reader isn't told what is going on in the character's mind. However, this should be figured out due to the content of the text or context clues which would describe what the reader is doing  and or what is happening to him/her.

Lastly, it is up to the reader to decide what is happening in the character's mind.


By: Shanna Stroud

Last modified onFriday, 09 April 2010 22:17

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