My novel Pecan Hill is told from the first-person viewpoint of Sean Alexander, the protagonist. One of the things I’m busy trying to do in the seven billionth rewrite is to put a little bit of character into the narration as one can really only get in first-person. For this I’m grateful that I finally discovered Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files this year. I can’t help but try to study his writing to try and figure out how he was able to get so much character into Harry Dresden in this form. Every time I put down one of his books, I can’t help but feel as though I’ve just met with a good friend and listened to him talk.
There are many other authors who also write in first-person but in my opinion, none do it better than Mr. Butcher. He uses the character in the voice to reach out and grab the reader and not let them go until the story is done. I’ve read one or two first person narrative like Stephen King’s Duma Key and can’t help but feel as though it didn’t feel any different to a third-person narration except for where the author changed ‘He/She’ for ‘I’. The Dresden Files are different.
I’m hoping to be able to bring as much life into my writing.