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First Draft's Narration and Point of View
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Online freelance writers are often asked to write content from a specific point of view. And quite often, the type of writing dictates that view. How-to articles, for example, are typically written in the 2nd-person point of view. Opinion articles are commonly written in the 3rd-person point of view (unless they're for a personal blog in which 1st-person usage is prevalent). So while developing First Draft, the question of how to best approach these views had to be answered.

2nd POV vs. 3rd POV

To tackle this problem, First Draft generates articles the way clients want them[1]. It writes How-to content in 2nd-person point of view, and it writes Opinion content in the 3rd-person point of view. That's why you'll see the use of "you, your, and we" in First Draft's How-to articles. And although you won't see those pronouns in its Opinion articles, you will see the use of "we" in its Opinion articles.

The Author's "We"

Generally, the 3rd-person point of view avoids the use of "we", and it advocates the use of "he, she, or it" instead. In First Draft, however, the use of "we" is included in the Introductory and Conclusion paragraphs regardless of article type. The type of "we" that's included is called the author's "we", which is (1) common in scientific literature and (2) refers to a generic third person. Via Wikipedia: "We" in this sense often refers to "the reader and the author".

By using the author's "we" in both How-to articles and Opinion articles, First Draft satisfies client expectations with each article that it generates.

Nothing's Set in Stone

It's important to remember that nothing generated with First Draft is set in stone. First Draft is a text editor, which means you are free to change the way things are expressed. If you don't want the author's "we" to appear in the Introductory and Conclusion paragraphs, simply delete it and replace it with your preferred expression.

[1] Based on the developer's 20 years of freelance writing experience.

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