Writers use first, second, third, and fourth person perspectives when writing stories. Here is an example of first person writing:
I looked across the field and saw her gliding like a dream toward me. I shouted out to her, “Rita, you look fantastic. Where have you been all my life?”
She blushed as she smiled, stared at me, and said, “I’ve been in front of you most of our lives. Why are things any different now?”
My mind raced as I thought back to when we first met in grade school. Her dimples and curly hair caused me to giggle and smile broadly. The curly hair had straightened a bit. But her dimples were still there.
If this were a scene in a movie, you would hear the narrator saying the descriptions I gave of Rita. I can picture her in my mind wearing a peasant dress and maybe having flowers in her hair that goes down to her shoulders.
I would consider second person stories more natural because the reader becomes the observer. Here is an example of what I would consider a second person story:
Sam sped through the crowd like a rampaging bull as he rushed to the aid of his friend Joe.
“Just hold on. For God sake, hold on.”
Joe reached his friend just in time. He grabbed his hand and pulled him from the slide that he was clinging to. Fear made his hands like steel. He shouldn’t have gotten into line to begin with. If it hadn’t been for Fred daring him to slide into the water he would have walked on to the diving board instead. When he realized there would be a ten foot drop at the end of the slide, his fear of falling so far grasped his mind like a steel trap.
If I were reading this story I would picture the situation and imagine poor Joe screaming as he left the slide and dropped into the deep end of the pool.
An example of third person story telling is the Bible book of John. He was with Jesus for years and could have written his account in first person. But he chose to write the book in second person except in a few places. When he wrote that the disciple he loved leaned on his breast, he was writing about himself. We all know he was writing about himself.
Other stories that have the writer writing in third person you can have the main character referring to himself in the third person. Here is an example of that:
“Henry wants chocolate milk for breakfast,” said Henry as he entered the kitchen. His mother was busy at the stove preparing bacon and eggs.
“I’m fresh out of chocolate milk. You’ll have to be settled for good old white milk.”
“Henry doesn’t think that will do. I guess he’ll have to squirt some syrup into his glass.”
People who refer to themselves in the third person seem conceited. William Shatner played a character that loved to refer to himself in the third person; Denny Crane. He was wonderful on the TV show “Boston Legal” playing an aging lawyer that was mentally slipping. In one episode he went out to Los Angeles and met a lawyer played by Robert Wagner that also referred to himself in the third person. Both men were the type of people that you might expect to refer to themselves in the third person.
I’ve written what could loosely be called a fourth person story in my book “The Madhouse Projects.” In one of the chapters I wrote about a young automotive engineer that read on the internet about the plasma igniter which he develops. I submitted information about the plasma igniter to the internet years ago and wrote that Rick Badman had the idea in my book. I have referred to myself in other stories and readers can check on the internet to find me referenced on many occasions. I like to call myself the father of hyperlight physics and if you look on the internet HYPERLIGHT PHYSICS, one of the evidence of that is a portion of my book “The Belt.” The main character is underground of the planet Ortasia at a museum where there are starships. He took hyperlight physics in high school and in an experiencable program in a starship relies on what he learned to convince him that the craft could accelerate to over 100 times the speed of light and plunge into the enemy planet at the battle of Herzgavole and not be destroyed. A hyperlight chain reaction happens when an object that is far exceeding the speed of light comes in contact with an object that is unaccelerated and causes the object to try and reach the speed of the speeding object. The mass of the accelerated object is increased tremendously. If I were in a spaceship heading toward the sun and accelerated to 100,000 times the speed of light, I could penetrate the sun and emerge from it in a split second a little slower but still intact. The hyperlight chain reaction could be large enough for astronomers to see on earth through a telescope; maybe large enough to be seen by regular people wearing welding helmets.
Writers can refer to themselves in the fourth person by including themselves as reference. With so many people writing on the internet, a lot of writers could write stories and books and use themselves as reference. Here is an example other than my example:
Jerry had one night to get his essay finished. He loved to watch horror movies and at times thought he heard moaning coming from the basement. Was there a goule down there waiting to claim another victim? Maybe Stephen King could give him some ideas. (This would be a story that Stephen King might be writing he could title: “The Goule In the Basement.”) Using one’s self as reference could add authenticity to the story. If the reference is sound and authoritative, it should be used. If the writer is proven correct when he uses himself as a reference, it adds to his stature as a writer. Here is an example of that:
Kent Dawson had been looked down upon by “experts” that said his economic prediction was wrong when he said a 10% increase of taxes on the rich would destroy the economy. That was what happened in less than a year after the President raised taxes on the rich. They moved to other countries or took their money out of the country and put it in banks that would protect them from the IRS. The rich that remained in America moved to states that had no state income tax. At least a portion of their income would remain theirs. (The writer would be Kent Dawson.)
For me, to use myself as a reference is easy. I have a lot of material on the internet I could use as reference. But my book “The Belt” takes place over 300 years in the future and hyperlight physics is still theoretical. The same goes for most of the ideas I write about. But if my double-field motive system can levitate a vehicle and field displacement engines can help a car fly like a UFO, all references I’ve made of those technologies on the internet will be legitimate and my stories more believable.
I might not live long enough to see stratotowers pierce the clouds. But if they do exist in the future, readers should know I am the father of the stratotower like I’m the father of hyperlight physics. I intend on writing a book I might title “Applied Hyperlight Physics.” It will be totally theoretical. But if hyperlight physics becomes reality within my lifetime, I might become the professor of hyperlight physics in an upcoming “Star Trek” movie. Since hyperlight physics has the potential of making people feel like God, the title of the “Star Trek” movie could be “Star Trek: The Ascendancy of a God.” It could be about one of the professor’s students developing hyperlight speed weapons that are superior to what Star Fleet has. But they are for an enemy confederation. The confederation challenges Star Fleet and wages war with ships that are faster and more powerful than what Star Fleet can throw against it. That is when the professor who wrote the book about hyperlight physics helps Star Fleet develop ships and weapons that the professor had urged the Federation to develop years before. Actually, if I were writing the script I would mention that Rick Badman wrote about hyperlight physics during the 20th and 21st century that inspired the professor to continue his work.
As long as I’m a writer I will continue to write fourth person stories about Rick Badman having certain ideas. If they are eventually proven correct, I might become someone like Leonardo DiVinci. He inspired many inventors to make his ideas reality. I hope to inspire future inventors and engineers to make my ideas reality. But if many of my ideas can become reality within my lifetime, readers will want to read more of my stories and books.
Write any type of story you want. It is best to stick with a single perspective. First person stories and books give the writer more control of the narrative as if he is writing in a diary. Second person stories and books seem more natural and flow well. Third person stories and books seem more self-centered at times unless the writer uses himself as a character in the narrative. Fourth person stories and books can lead readers to look up the references. Readers might want to find out more about what the writer has written. Just make sure the references are reliable. If not, it would be like a psychic making predictions that are never proven correct. At least if a reference is in a science fiction story or book that is supposed to take place far in the future, if the reference is proven wrong, at least the writer will be long dead. I just hope I’m proven correct within my lifetime because if I’m wrong and I’m still alive, it would be so embarrassing. I’m not Nostradamus. Even he was proven wrong often. But readers remember the predictions that came true. They are held up as proof that he was a prophet. He should be glad he didn’t live in Israel where prophets were stoned to death if they were proven wrong. At least if I’m proven wrong I won’t lose my life. I might lose readers. I just hope my distant predictions are proven correct. Call me Nostradamus Junior then. I won’t be around to know it unless it happens during the Millennium. If that is the case, I’ll smile and have the right to say, “I told you so.”