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The Advantages Of Writing In Second Person Point Of View

The pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours” are used when writing in the second person point of view. 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. There are two categories for the second person: second-person singular, wherein the story is told directly to one reader; and second-person plural, wherein the narration is directed towards a group. Moreover, the writer can opt to combine the second and first-person points of view which make the reading experience interactive. Writers who are known to use second person point of view are Junot Diaz, Lorrie Moore, Jay McInerney, and Italo Calvino. If you are dream of following these talented writers, you will know in this article the many benefits you can get by using a second person point of view.

There is little competition because of its rarity. You will be able to stand out than most writers. A good storyline and the unique utilization of the second person point of view would make you a renowned writer gaining a ton of readers.

You will allow your readers to imagine being the characters themselves. Unlike in the first or third person in which you are merely an invisible audience to another person’s story and are not a part of the unfolding events. The reader will feel that he is a participant rather than just a reader. 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 dictate the readers on how to see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. It creates a deeper bond between the readers. To elaborate, here is an excerpt 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.”

It allows the writers to talk to the reader. By asking questions that remain unanswered, giving the reader the opportunity to fill in the gaps mentally, the reader will have a strong bond with the story. 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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