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The title of it says it all.

1st person (the I/We perspective), 2nd Person (The You Perspective normally told by narrator or dm/gm) or 3rd person (the he/she/it/they perspective).



For me it's 3rd person. Mainly because I like writing a view that gives me more options and I can delve into the actions/thoughts of other characters and I can have a broader overall view in general.

Thoughts? Opinions?

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I write roleplay in 3rd person but sometimes have 1st person internal 'head-discussion' bit in posts. I write some of my character journals as 1st person. Why? It seems right to me and most comfortable for interaction with others.
Usually I write in 3rd person. I think part of it is that I tend to write multiple characters in any given story and it would just be weird to write in 1st unless I could pick one to act as the main narrator of the entire story. (But I like to keep my RP flexible and my focus often shifts to making a different character have the spotlight for awhile.)

Once in awhile I will write an IC letter. Those are surprisingly difficult for me, but a great writing exercise.
Third-person only. I may write a character's thoughts in first-person, but I also write those more like dialogue (just specifying that they thought something, not said it, of course, and with single quotes instead of double.)
First-person makes me uncomfortable to RP in, it just feels icky to me. It also seems to be where a lot of people (not all of course, but a lot), forget the barrier between IC/OOC.
And I agree with what Juls said, about writing multiple characters at once.
When it comes to my own story-writing I tend to have no idea which POV to use. I asked some people to vote on which POV they prefer to read stories in, and most had no preference between the two, so. (To be fair it was not that many people, so it's not like that was a conclusive study or anything, but still.)
Very much third person.

I write my replies for my partner to read. That partner is neither inside my character's head nor is my character the narrative point of view to the shared experience. Whilst there is a time and a place for first-person prose, it is not a shared writing experience like an RP. At least in my opinion. I won't begrudge others of their first-person preference, but I won't write RP in first person either.
Team Third all the way, specifically third person limited with the occasional slip into stylistic omiscence (usually so I can make a few sassy transtextual remarks). Lotsa people claim that first person allows the writer to creep into their OCs head a lil' more, but I don't agree. First person in (specifically autobiographical and YA) writings =/= actually diving into an OCs psyche & train of thought, as first person writing often registers a bunch of things that you normally would never even notice yourself doing, like 'releasing a breath they didn't know they were holding' and shit like that. Third person makes me feel more at home in both my character's head and the world that the RP is taking place in, as I can realistically juggle things that my character can see, hear, feel, subconsciously or not, without being limited to their train of thoughts alone.

No shade to first person players, f'course, y'all are a rare breed & even if I don't feel the same as you do about your preferred style of writing doesn't really mean that ye folks should get any hate for it. Second person roleplayers though, hell no, you better take that creepy-on-main bullshit out of my inbox because if there's anything that kills my appetite aside from the ol' godmodding, powerplaying & other degenerade bizz, it's being smacked in the face by sentences like 'I look at you with my glowing eyes and pout and blow a raspberry at you'. Just, hell no, comrade.
For RP, pretty exclusively 3rd person, with 1st person only coming up in dialog and less-vague character thoughts. Third person is generally what I'm used to reading and writing overall. I consider first and second person to have specific uses, but don't see those as applicable to this format of RP. I also get a little concerned when I see first-person RP posts, since it makes me wonder a little more how well the player is keeping separated from their character.

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In more general story writing, I still mostly stick to third person, but will occasionally use first-person to try to pull the reader into things more. It can be more effective at making a reader feel like it's something they're experiencing since reading it is all "I did this" and "this happened to me" (and that's also a huge part of what makes it so weird in this RP format, that reading and processing what someone else wrote as if I am their character doing those things). I personally see it as best for creating the sense of someone directly telling the reader an experience they (the narrator) had, or of reading someone's journal, even if it's otherwise still written in a more narrative style, rather than conversational or record-keeping. An example of this is the most recent form of Kyra's backstory (which actually led to Sarí's creation as a character in the first place); in that case, I opted for first-person partly for the sense of "this is someone's memory," partly because it felt right to try to make things feel more visceral, and partly to make use of an aspect of first-person POV that would usually be a huge weakness: its extremely limited scope of awareness. While it can certainly be achieved with the others, first-person is often best at creating confusion about what actually happened (a lot like those "found footage" films). In first-person, it doesn't make sense to have the whole, unbiased picture; one individual's experience is all there is to work with. I have also, rarely, tried to go for a more conversational tone; it's hard, and best kept to really short things.

I've also written in second-person before, but very few times. It rarely works well for written pieces. It's sort of bossy and controlling; can actually disconnect the reader from what's happen as much as, if not more than, third-person; and it tends to be overall awkward and unfamiliar. It can be pretty useful in certain other RP formats, though; it blends well into conversation and GM narration in tabletop games, often drawing players in personally better than auditory third-person might, and it's a reasonably familiar experience in games with computer-run narration (especially a lot of older, more text-heavy or outright text-based RPGs. Second-person can be particularly helpful in English-language computer-run games because first-person would usually be incredibly awkward there (exceptions certainly exist), and third-person can take a lot more work to program properly (for an example, check out the Pronoun Dressing Room; even with all the variations they address, seeing how they get inserted into the example texts still results in weirdness in some places), while second-person in English is pretty straightforward and narrow enough that it can be written in directly without concern about variables; even specifying one or multiple individuals is optional in second-person, but it's pretty much required in first- and third-person.

If I'm writing poetry, I may play around with the perspectives more. The nature and typical shortness of poetry and verse makes all of them a bit more digestible.
Mostly 3rd person for RP because I feel comfortable using it. I only do 1st person in like if my character is writing a note or journal.
Traditionally, I would do third person rping. ("He opened the door, unaware of who lies beyond the safety of the door") because this rp isn't about ME, it's about this guy i'm rping as, say his name is... Steve! So the responses might be "Steve walks into a diner, the familiar scent of fresh-baked pie and meat on the grill provided a welcoming sensation after a hard day" rather then "I walk into a diner, the familiar scent of fresh-baked pie and meat on the grill provided a welcoming sensation after a hard day" because well, i'm not in the rp. I play tons of canon characters and I only describe them in 3rd person. 1st person just seems to be a less conventional rp method, something that would be done in a Roblox/Minecraft rp.
I mostly do 3rd person, because it allows me to be specific about the character's actions (Basil planted the flower) (Sunny picked up the knife) (Clay poofed his fur) (Iris ran in circles). it's also fun to do

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