Stories written in second person are rare. The most daring point of view when it comes to fiction is the second person. Writing a successful second person narrative will attract attention. Writing in second person is not as simple as it may seem and the results of your efforts without proper guideline may disappoint you. Second person narratives are hard to write but they are rewarding. Literary works written from a second person point of view appeals to the readers and are personal. Below are guidelines to writing a second person narrative.
When writing from the second person point of view it’s important to make sure that the point of view is appropriate for the story. You should have something you are trying to achieve from writing a second perspective narrative. It’s not enough to write in second person to prove your literary genius. Some stories cannot be written in second person. Your story need not be a how to for it to work as a second person narrative. You can use the how to style when writing your story but you need to make your story vulnerable and have sensitive characters.
Repetition is a risk with second person narratives. Keeping on reminding your readers that you are writing in second person makes it repetitive. Avoid the use of second person pronouns. With implied second person you can avoid too much use of second person pronouns. With implied second person your story take an imperative form rather than a declarative one. It is important to limit the use of second person pronouns.
It is essential that your narrator is a character that is fully developed. Failure to give details about the main character is not uncommon with second person narratives. It may seem awkward to tell our readers about their personalities, their sexual preferences among other things. Reminding yourself that the nature of second person narratives is that makes it seem less awkward. Your narrator should be more than just a cardboard character. Second person narratives are much better when they are set in the present tense. hat is special about second person point of view stories is the intimacy and immediacy they create. With intimacy and immediacy created by second person point of view narratives it is difficult to achieve detachment which is also a necessity. To achieve this effect of detachment, it is necessary to set your story in the present tense. With these tips, you are on your way to writing a great second person perspective story.