A Writing Lab Experiment: The Second Person Set-Up

As I sat down this morning to eat my Cheerios and map out my work for the day, I had a strange notion.  Now, for those who have read some of my previous musings, like this one on perspectives, you know that I’m not a big fan of present tense writing and I didn’t even bother to take a look at the second person perspective before.  My strange notion was that, perhaps, I was being a bit quick to judge both the use of that tense and that perspective.

That’s not to say that I still don’t think they are inherently clunky and difficulty to use, but what I did realize is that the present tense combined with a second person perspective had a certain undeniable draw.  If you set up the story correctly, it could make for a very fascinating piece, combining elements of the first and third person viewpoints in a fairly novel way.  The problem, of course, is that it may wind up just a bit too strange to write well.

The thing is that I am now willing to give it a try.  Nothing novel-length yet … I have already established a writing style for each of my two trilogies and I don’t have the time to go off on a tangent that large.  A short story, though, could make for a fun diversion, especially if it ties in to the other narratives.

So, what do you fine folks think?  Do you think I should experiment with this while I have the time?  Let me know!

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