Let’s take a quick glimpse at the options available if you’re considering writing in the First Person.
First person singular – I. This can be the main character or a secondary character close to the main character who tells the main character’s story. One of the best known examples of this is Nick in The Great Gatsby.
First person plural – We. The first person narrator is speaking on behalf of one or more other people.
Multiple first person – First person narrators all giving their own accounts of the same event. Each provides a different perspective including information the other characters might or might not have.
There are pros and cons to writing in the First Person. In the short story, it can be quite effective. In the novel, it may be harder to sustain due to the needs of the plot.
Better reader sympathy
Greater depth of characterization through the similarities and differences between the internal narration and the external behavior and dialogue.
The opportunity to use the “unreliable narrator” technique.
The strict limitations of what that character sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels.
The challenge of consistency in terms of the character’s culture, education, speech patterns, basic personality traits, etc. (All the more so with multiple first person.)
The necessity of plotting the story around the limitations of the first person point of view.
Making sure the character is an active participant in the plot and not just a passive viewer/commentator.
Reader confusion about who’s telling what part of the story.
Who can tell your story best? Who has the most to win and lose? Who sees that critical moment that makes all the difference to which way the story problem gets resolved?
Take some time to weigh your options here. Your characters may surprise you with their willingness to work within the intimacy of their first person points of view.