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#12 on our list of best/worst things about being an aspiring writer - whether to write in first person or third (and which third) (we won't mention second because that's just silly)
I (erica) started writing in third person because it's what I read the most of. It can help you connect with all your characters. It allows you to switch scenes - even know what everyone in the book knows (thinking Stephen King here). It's what "all the great authors do." (the quotation marks are there because this is what I thought, not because someone actually told me that) (but yeah, I do like Stephen King)
But I couldn't get into it exactly like I had hoped. It felt like I was reading it, not writing it. So I switched to 1st and felt so much better - I interjected thought and feeling and voice and so many things I didn't have enough of before during the switch. For me, it felt like it was because of the change of pov. It might be because I was getting more experience, I guess time will tell. Maybe I'll get all scholarly and literary and go back to third.
What about you, what's your writing perspective? First? Third limited? Third (gulp) omniscient?
There's no right or wrong way - it all depends on you, your character, and your story. For more info on pov, link here and here and to the author interviews on this blog.