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I am attempting a book. Now when I write in third person I use more detail but I rush and the book ends in like 10 pages. In first person I use less detail, but I'm able to keep the book going longer. Which sounds better?

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Alex, there's no way I can answer this.  The choice of which person (or tense, or point-of-view, or any of a hundred different things) to use depends so much on the nature of the story you're telling.  There are pros and cons to first person and to third person (some of which you've just mentioned).  The only person who can really answer this is you, and the only way you can answer it is by developing a writer's instinct.  And the only way to do that is to write.  A lot.  A whole lot.  

And then write some more.  :)

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Vincent M. Wales

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I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.

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For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

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BA in fiction writing.

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My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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