aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Different kinds of third person

John Gardner calls it psychic distance. I just think of it as different ways to write in third person. Third person can be as impersonal as a camera or as close as a person's thoughts. (But once you've established how far away the reader is, I don't think you should zoom in and out too wildly.) Look at these examples Garner gives:
1. It was the winter of the year 1853. A large man stepped out of a doorway.
2. Henry J. Warburton had never much cared for snowstorms.
3. Henry hated snowstorms.
4. God, how he hated these damn snowstorms.
5. Snow. Under your collar, down inside your shoes, freezing and plugging up your miserable soul.

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