From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) For Marc, on POV Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2003 07:56:33 -0400 For Dan'l, writing for Marc, A very nice summary of the pros and cons of first-person. For the record, women writers (and I use "writers" loosely, including students and wanna-bes) gravitate to it far more than men do, especially in present tense. The terrible draw-back is that it allows them endless introspection with no action. In my classes, especially genre classes, I used a cheap throwaway that nevertheless has some truth. I would say that none of the women writers in the class should use first-person-present for at least a year, where as none of the men should use weapons (thereby making them think their way out of situations rather than blasting). -alga --