When writing in third person, you have to everybody!
Be sure to check out our lessons and blog posts on first person writing and writing in second person narrative.
They will help you decide which style best suits your next masterpiece.
When writing in third person, it’s easy to give away too much information at the beginning of the story. Therefore, writing in the third person requires some planning.
Since you, the writer, already know everything, it’s tough not to give away all of the secrets before the story is finished. You have to know where each character is at all times.
Writing in third person is the most common way of writing creative works like novels and short stories.
However, it is also often used for biographies and academic papers.
This omniscient viewpoint is very valuable because it lets you inside each character’s mind. You know their history, why they think the way they do, why they do what they do, what they did last week, and what they will do next month. Also, a third person writer has no emotional involvement in what’s happening. It is hard to be relatable when you are writing in third person.
Yes, you can report a conversation to the reader, but they are still hearing the story from the outside looking in.
It gives the reader a rather omniscient perspective of the story.
The third person sees the story in its entirety and describes everything they sees.