Second person narratives are not very common. The most daring point of view when it comes to fiction is the second person. Writing a successful second person narrative will attract attention. Without proper guideline, your story written in the second person perspective may disappoint you. As hard as writing a second person narrative may be it has the benefit of making your story stand out. Literary works written from a second person point of view appeals to the readers and are personal. This article will guide you through writing a second person point of view work of literature.
Second person perspective needs to work for your story. You need to have a reason for writing from the second person point of view. Writing in second person to prove your literary genius is not enough. Second person perspective doesn’t work with every story. A how to is not the only second person narrative you can write. You can use the how to style when writing your story but you need to make your story vulnerable and have sensitive characters.
A second person narrative draws its difficulty from the fact that it can get repetitive. Keeping on reminding your readers that you are writing in second person makes it repetitive. This can be achieved by avoiding the use of pronouns ‘you’, ‘your’ and ‘yours’. With implied second person you can avoid too much use of second person pronouns. Implied second person helps you achieve an imperative rather than a declarative form. It is important to limit the use of second person pronouns.
It’s important that you make the narrator a full-fledged character. Failure to give details about the main character is not uncommon with second person narratives. It seems somehow awkward to tell your reader about themselves, their preferences and what not. You need to remind yourself that that’s the nature of second person narratives. It is important to have original traits and not just have traits to fit in the story you are telling. Setting your story in present tense is important with second person narratives. 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. This is effect is achieved by setting your story in the present tense. With these tips, you are on your way to writing a great second person perspective story.