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The Advantages Of Writing In Second Person Point Of View

The second person point of view is written with “you,” “your,” and “yours.” It is claimed to be the hardest point of view to write since it makes the reader the main character. But when used with the right techniques, the writer can easily do it. The second person falls into two categories: second-person singular, in which the story is told directly to one reader; and second-person plural, in which the narration is directed towards a group. In addition, writers can combine second and first-person points of view which makes the reading experience interactive. Prominent writers using second person point of view include Junot Diaz, Lorrie Moore, Jay McInerney, and Italo Calvino. If you are an aspiring writer and would want to follow in their footsteps, this article will tell you why it is effective.

There is little competition because of its rarity. This would make you stand out than most writers. Provided that you write a good storyline and utilize a second person point of view, you will be remembered and more readers would want to buy your book.

You will allow your readers to imagine being the characters themselves. Unlike in the third or first person wherein you’re an invisible witness to someone else’s story and are clearly not a part of the unfolding events. The reader is also a participant in the story. An example is this text from The Fifth Season written by N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo: “You’re the mother of two children, but now one of them is dead and the other is missing. Maybe she’s dead, too. You discover all of this when you come home from work one day. House empty, too empty, tiny little boy all bloody and bruised on the den floor”.

The writer can easily convey to the readers how each moment feels. He can control how the readers deliver sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. It is a more intimate experience. In order for you to understand this, here is a text from the murderer’s point of view from the book Complicity by Iain Banks: “You hear the car after an hour and a half. During that time you’ve been here in the darkness, sitting on the small telephone seat near the front door, waiting. You only moved once, after half an hour, when you went back through the kitchen to check on the maid.”

The writers are able to talk to the reader. There is a deeper bond since the writer can can ask questions that remain unanswered, and give the reader the opportunity to fill in the gaps mentally. Here is an example from the book Room by Emma Donoghue: “Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. Was I minus numbers? Hmm? Ma does a big stretch. Up in Heaven. Was I minus one, minus two, minus three — ?”

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