The Advantages Of Writing In Second Person Point Of View

The second person point of view is written with “you,” “your,” and “yours.” Some say it is the hardest point of view to pull off since it turns the reader into the main character. However with the right techniques one can pull it off quickly. The second person is divided into two categories: second-person singular, wherein the story is told directly to one reader; and second-person plural, wherein the narration is directed towards a group. In addition, writers can combine second and first-person points of view which makes the reading experience interactive. Notable writers of second person point of view include Junot Diaz, Lorrie Moore, Jay McInerney, and Italo Calvino. If you are dream of following these talented writers, you will know in this article the many benefits you can get by using a second person point of view.

There is little competition because of its rarity. This would make you stand out than most writers. If you write a good storyline for sure you will be remembered and there would be more people who would want to buy your book.

The readers are able to imagine being the characters themselves. Unlike in the third or first person wherein you’re an invisible witness to someone else’s story and are clearly not a part of the unfolding events. The reader will feel that he is a participant rather than just a reader. An example is this text from The Fifth Season written by N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo: “You’re the mother of two children, but now one of them is dead and the other is missing. Maybe she’s dead, too. You discover all of this when you come home from work one day. House empty, too empty, tiny little boy all bloody and bruised on the den floor”.

The writer can communicate how each moment feels. The writer has the power to tell the reader how to feel, taste, smell, hear, and see things. It creates a deeper bond between the readers. Here is an example from the murderer’s point of view from the book Complicity by Iain Banks: “You hear the car after an hour and a half. During that time you’ve been here in the darkness, sitting on the small telephone seat near the front door, waiting. You only moved once, after half an hour, when you went back through the kitchen to check on the maid.”

The writers are able to talk to the reader. There is a deeper bond since the writer can can ask questions that remain unanswered, and give the reader the opportunity to fill in the gaps mentally. Here is a text from the book Room by Emma Donoghue to help you better understand: “Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. Was I minus numbers? Hmm? Ma does a big stretch. Up in Heaven. Was I minus one, minus two, minus three — ?”

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