Facing First Person Demons #IWSG #AMWRITING

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts feature other fabulous writing friends: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 


First person narrative is my favorite story to read. Especially when done well. And by doing well, I mean while I’m reading, I feel myself lying, crying, making mistakes and biting my nails with wrong choices right along with the character.

This month’s IWSG Question asks: of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

Young Adult Literature seems to resonate best with this style. Even if the character is a young character, the strifes and struggles are all too human. No matter the world the book builds, Young Adult draws me in. I relate.

And that’s a great story.

A few months ago, I wrote a post on artificial intelligence bots used in marketing. I explored one, and interacted on Facebook with the Bot. It found me a book. I admit, I didn’t buy in, but now I’m reading it. I’m loving it. It’s first person and brilliantly done.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Heard of it?

I highly recommend the read if you like magical worlds, misfits and lots of human struggle.

Happy IWSG Day everyone. My insecurity this month? Polishing up edits. I made it through a second draft, but I keep rereading before the editor gets it. I keep finding more and more places to tighten sentences and describe scenes. How do you know if it’s good enough?

I don’t know. I guess you just have to trust.

A last thought for the day is one by Helen Keller:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on June 5, 2019, in Uncategorized, worries, writing tips. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I love YA and first person. I love Marie Lu. I haven’t read this series, but I’ll check it out.

    Good luck with the edits for your publisher. I’d worry about doing them right too. Not sure how to know if it’s good enough but hopefully your editor can help if it’s not.

  2. The bot recommended a good book then.
    I prefer third person although I am enjoying a book right now that is first person.

  3. Loni Townsend

    First person certainly has its charm. I haven’t read much YA, but I could image it’d be filled with the feels. 🙂

  4. I remember that amazing bot!
    I recently wrote my first first-person story — a short horror that’s on sub (fingers crossed.)
    Wow, what a challenge when you’re used to writing in third.

  5. Jennifer Lee Hawes

    Editing can be fun, but it can also be daunting. When do you know it’s ready?? Ugh. Been there! GOod luck.

  6. David Powers King

    I resisted first person narrative for a long time, but my CP group seems to like what I turn out when I use it. Something about being in the character’s head? Editing is my favorite part. 🙂

  7. I love the thoughts and quotes you’ve shared! We all struggle with multiple ideas, beliefs, acts, etc. Artificial intelligence is definitely an idea that many struggle with as well. These quotes are perfect! I look forward to reading more from you – Happy Writing!

  8. I am struggling with edits, too. They just don’t seem to be getting me where I need to be. Sigh. Interesting about the AI finding the book. Makes me think.

  9. Still avoiding bots when I can. They are everywhere. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  10. I get a little oversaturated with 1st person sometimes, but right now I’m on a SciFi romance binge and nearly all of them are in 1st person. I’ve been loving it! As you say, when it’s well done it’s super immersive and fun. Happy IWSG day!

  11. AI and bots. I’m afraid I’ll be dragged kicking and screaming into this reality of the future. My naturally suspicious self has read too many dystopian novels to have any comfort level with this technology.

  12. I like reading third person better, and I usually write it. The only story I ever wrote in first person was a about a spirit seeking a new body, because she died too soon and hasn’t written all she wanted. A writer, yes.

  13. My series was YA/NA and yes, their struggles are the same as all of ours.

  14. I enjoy YA quite a bit! I didn’t think of choosing it as my genre of choice, but I do read in YA more than any other style of book. I chose fantasy and scifi for my genre choices.
    I have read Young Elites – I liked it, but I wasn’t into the rest of the series and now I can’t remember why.

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