I am baffled by how most stories written nowadays are in first person, AND how most people find first person to be easier to write, instead of third person. In my personal opinion, first person is WAYY harder than third. Perhaps people who say it’s easier to write aren’t good writers in the first place, because the thing about first person is that it can be poorly written but still… Mediocre, I suppose. You could say it’s intentional.
Now, allow me to explain myself. In first person, essentially the narrator is a character of the story, but you see it entirely in their view. Depending on the type of character, the writing would be drastically different.
For example, a child wouldn’t use big words, they would see things with a very limited vocabulary. Therefore, the story will sound plain, but great authors know how to make it sound good. Different characters would describe things differently, and you must make sure they STAY in character! Also, you must consider that because every character has a different kind of voice, you’d have to constantly change your writing style if you realise it or NOT! With third person, you avoid all of these issues! :^)
In third person, you could easily do the shortcut to make your writing sound ten times professional than it actually is by using the wonderful thesaurus! …Perhaps it’s easier for me because all I do is thesaurus abuse my writing, which makes it sound brilliant. (WHEN IT’S REALLY NOT, WHEN YOU REMOVE THE WORDS THAT NO ONE ELSE KNOWS LOL.) Thing is, if the narrator isn’t a character of the story, they are usually not people, so a personality is not defined to them. You can easily make the narrator formal and use big words. The only way you could thesaurus abuse is if your main character has a large vocabulary, which most do not.
I mean, let’s have an example, my English homework! Essentially I have to write a story about an event. I have censored some parts of the story because I included places where I lived, and my friend’s name. I’ll insert a single paragraph, as that is all I need to prove a point!
p00pmonster27 and I were dropped off at the corner of p00pmonstercity. I was expecting the place to be crowded, but I suppose winter time doesn’t attract many tourists. I scanned the area around us, until I laid my eyes on this tall, somber building with red chaotic letters spelling out “gimmi3datc00k13”.
Being honest, since it’s me I naturally do not have a large vocabulary. I have to say things how I would describe them. It is very basic, and I HAVE TO USE THE WORD “I” A LOT >:^(
They were dropped off at the corner of p00pmonstercity. Unlike the summer time, there were not many people surrounding the famous tourist attraction. The only thing that greeted these two young ladies was a breeze of the chilly winter air. One of the girls, named Anna, focused her attention to the tall, dark building near them. With the red sloppy letters, Anna noticed they spelled out the word “gimmi3datc00k13”.
SEE? IT’S WRITTEN BETTER BECAUSE NOW YOU DON’T HAVE MY VOICE! YEH THESAURUS ABUSE FTW
Anyways, until you master the thesaurus abuse technique, it’s quite difficult to write in first person.