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In the broad world of prose fiction writing, you must make a key decision that will affect every aspect of your novel, novella, or short story: What narrative voice will you use? When narrating fiction, authors traditionally choose between first-person point of view and third-person point of view (second-person point of view is less common). While first-person writing offers intimacy and immediacy between narrator and reader, third-person narration offers the potential for both objectivity and omniscience. This effectively makes both forms of narration appealing to both first-time and seasoned writers.