Guest Post: ‘Second Person Viewpoint – Love it or Hate it’ by Morgen Bailey

16 Oct

Me talking about my favourite point of view…

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Most writers (and readers) will know the difference between, and often write in, first person (I / we) and third person(he / she / they) but second person (you) seems to be something either not heard of, not tried, or not liked. From memory, I have only interviewed one author (Stella Deleuze) whose favourite point of view is second, as it is mine.

Editors seem not to like stories in it, although I get the impression – or am I just hoping – that it’s been growing in popularity and one came second in a Writer’s Forum magazine a while back, then judged by writing friend and interviewee Sue Moorcroft.

That said, it gets tiring after a while to write and read (I’m still working my way through Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights Big City and it’s a 100-page novella!) so best suited to short stories. I…

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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in writing


2 responses to “Guest Post: ‘Second Person Viewpoint – Love it or Hate it’ by Morgen Bailey

  1. Captain Black

    October 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve probably said this elsewhere, but many jokes are told from the second person point of view.

    • morgenbailey

      October 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      That’s probably true. Well spotted.


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