Is it bad to write in the second person?

Is it bad to write in the second person?

The reader is drawn into the action through the use of the second person. Second person, especially if written in the present tense, allows the reader to experience the tale as if it were their own. Mix your sentence structure and add in details and conversation to prevent a "choose your own adventure" atmosphere or an angry tone. You can do this by saying things like "If you run away," or "He glared at her with hatred."

Second person also gives the reader more involvement and participation in the story. They are part of the experience instead of just reading about it. For example, if the main character was scared, you could tell them not to be scared by using words like don't, no one, or not. If they seem happy or excited you could make them act that way too by saying something like cheer up or have fun.

The second person is commonly used in children's books and novels for this reason; it allows the writer to speak directly to the audience and give instructions or advice while still maintaining a sense of mystery and danger. For example, Alice in Wonderland tells us everything that happens to Alice through italicized sentences that end with "she said". We never find out who she is talking about so we cannot really judge or criticize her. However, we can understand how she feels from her comments about cakes being rotten and people being blind because they will bite themselves.

Why do authors write in the second person?

1. The reader is drawn into the action by the second person. Using the pronoun "you" and describing action as it occurs creates a personal sense of urgency that propels the story—and the reader—forward.

2. The writer can show the reader what it would be like to experience certain events first-person, such as listening to someone talk or watching something happen. By writing in the third-person, the author avoids appearing too intimately involved with the story.

3. Some writers choose to write in the second person because they find it easier to connect with readers this way. They believe people want to hear what others think about situations so they avoid giving away too much information about themselves.

4. Other writers enjoy the challenge of writing in the second person and use it to their advantage by creating suspense and drama. These writers know that readers will love being part of the action and will want to find out what happens next!

5. Yet more writers write in the second person because they prefer the sound of it. It feels right for stories where the narrator has a voice similar to that of a character - such as an opinion or observation.

6. Finally, some writers choose to write in the second person because they have a secret desire to become famous (or infamous!).

How do you express yourself in the second person?

Writing in the Second Person: Some Pointers

  1. Make sure it’s appropriate for the story you’re telling.
  2. Avoid too much repetition where possible.
  3. Set it in the present tense.
  4. Consider using it sparingly.
  5. Choose a form that makes sense.
  6. Test the waters with a short story.

About Article Author

Hannah Hall

Hannah Hall is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for words. She loves to read and write about all sorts of things: from personal experience to cultural insights. When not at her desk writing, Hannah can be found browsing for new books to read or exploring the city sidewalks on her bike.

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