First Person Writing
I do both first person and third person stories. and have done some from the female POV. I don't find staying in gender context is as big a challenge as is expressing the thoughts and feelings of the other characters in the story. The bigger issue with first person writing is how to "know" what others are thinking or feeling.
If I simply say, "Beth was troubled, wondering if I could be true to my word at all," as could be easily done in a story written third person, it begs the reader to ask, "How does he know?"
So, expressing the thoughts and feelings of others requires a bit of introduction, "From the expression on her face, I could see Beth was not happy with me," or, "It was obvious from the way she marched out of the room that Beth was frustrated with my lack of commitment."
The advantage of first person writing is, when done well it allows for a very personal connection with the reader, much like having the storyteller sitting across from the reader relaying his/her personal experiences.
Brooke Beyond Innocence on Amazon Kindle Books is a one of my popular stories done in the first person. Free readers are available for PCs and most mobile devices. It is a story of a couple moving beyond monogamy told from the husband's (first person) POV. Judging from the number of unsolicited emails from female readers, I'd have to say the fact that the story is told from a single POV was not a limiting factor in its popularity.
Good luck with you new story! Drop me a note if I can be of help.
Last edited by feverman : 10-04-2013 at 09:49 PM.