Writing character descriptions in First person POV

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Written by: HARINI SHREE


The stories get more interesting when a reader focuses on the characters in a narrator’s perspective. The protagonist gets more importance in this case. A person reading a novel expects some emotions to be raw so that they can feel the same emotions the person who is experiencing it is. This is satisfied in a novel which is written in the first person. While writing this kind of novel or a story, there are difficulties to be faced since this involves revealing a person’s direct feelings and comments.

In this, I would sort out a few indispensable points while writing a character description in a first person POV.

1.AUTHENTIC AND REALISTIC
2.MAKE THE PROTAGONIST’ S VOICE STRONG
3.MAKE THE INTRODUCTION PERFECT
4.ADHERENCE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER IN A READER’S HEART
5.SINGLE POINT OF VIEW CHARACTER
6.GIVE THE POINTS IN A SEQUENCE
7.START WITH A REVEALING ACTION

These points would make the character description in a story remarkable by the readers.

AUTHENTIC AND REALISTIC
In a story, the narrator should emphasise the characters in their own identifiable manner. It should be clear without any confusion. The first person (Narrator) should start the introduction as if they are just into that story. Only then will it make sense and be realistic. The narrator should give importance to the potent characters of the person introduced and should proceed the story in an authentic way. It gives the readers more interest to continue the story. The story should be taken up in an easy and brief way by the narrator as a first person perspective.

MAKE THE PROTAGONIST’S VOICE STRONG
The main character’s voice must be strong enough to bring the attention of the readers. It should help the reader understand about its characters clearly. When a protagonist’s voice is clearly explained in this context, it helps the readers to pay good interest towards the story. So, making the voice of a protagonist strong is essential in writing a character definition in a first person POV

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MAKE THE INTRODUCTION PERFECT
The story is designed well only if its introduction is good. Every reader decides the gist of the story by its introduction. The first person should give an introduction revealing the main character’s profound skills and potentials in a good manner. Some of the points to remember while starting an introduction in a first person POV,

★Use first person pronoun
★Use active voice
★Use simple and short sentences that are easy to be understood by the readers
★Address readers as ‘ you’
★Express feelings in a genuine way
★Express the thoughts as a single person

ADHERENCE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER IN A READER’S HEART
If a story is said in the first person perspective, it should give the readers a clear understanding about the characters. Once the main character’s role is adhered to the reader’s thoughts, it could affect the target reader’s interest. In the first person perspective, the story runs through various ups and downs of a protagonist. It gives us a clear understanding of them.

SINGLE POINT OF VIEW CHARACTER
While delivering a story as a first person, the thoughts of the narrator should be single. He/she should imagine himself/herself in the position of a single person who is admiring all other characters in the story. He/she should give his/her comments in a realistic way. He/she should imagine things from a single point of view.

GIVE THE POINTS IN A SEQUENCE
While writing a story in a first person POV, there will be more confusions if the story is complex. So, the characters should be dealt in a sequential manner to give the reader’s a clear understanding. The points should be emphasised in a coherent manner by the first person.

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START WITH A REVEALING ACTION
The story should begin with the attention of a reader. The start of the story should bring out a revealing action of a story. This is what helps the reader’s fanatic thoughts to fly over catching up further incidences. Thus, a revealing action in a story would help the character definition understandable from a first person POV.

All these ideas would help one to build up a character definition in a first person POV. The coherent thoughts of the first person built with the curiosity of the readers will make a successful story in the first person POV. The character gets more attention and the feelings are expressed deeply in this kind of stories.

For example, Suzanne Collins wrote ‘ THE HUNGER GAMES‘ in a first person perspective.
Likewise, there are several successful stories and novels written in the first person perspective.

Of course, in a short story there are limits if we use a first person POV, but to a certain extent it can also end up being an interesting story.

To make your story into a perfect best-selling novel, these tips might just help you.