[Writing Prompt] First Person Story

For the next few days we’re going to be concentrating on point of view. Sometimes it’s tempting to write all our stories in the same kind of voice. Not this week. I’m going to give you a real work out and take you through many different types of voice and story.

Ready? Let’s get started.

The Prompt

Write A Story Using The First Person Voice


  • The whole thing should be told in the “I” voice.
  • It should, for preference, be a story about something that happened/is happening to the person telling the story.
  • When writing in the first person you can never allow your narrative to stray inside another character’s head. The “I” character can speculate about what other people are thinking, but everything must come from their perspective.
  • If you fancy it, try writing the same story over the next few days, but each day from a different perspective.


11 thoughts on “[Writing Prompt] First Person Story”

  1. Still playing catch up. It’s written, but must be posted. Where on Earth did the “write for publication” post go?

  2. I’m excited to have point of view prompts for the next several days. I also have an approaching deadline for a presentation on the trips I made to DC in 2009 and 2013 to attend President Obama’s inauguration. I’ve been mulling an essay on the intimacy of the crowd and the spectacle (or something like that) so I might use the next several stories as a way to begin developing the raw material for that piece.

    Here’s the story I wrote today: http://guptacarlsonshortstories.blogspot.com/2013/05/live-from-dc-2013-president-obama-and-me.html

    I also forgot to post my “victory dance” for yesterday. Perhaps presaging the point-of-view prompts, I broke from my usual first-person form and wrote a third-person story about a visit to a virtual land, which I dubbed Mooc. Mooc is MOOC, an acronym for Massive Open Online Course. Here’s the story from yesterday: http://guptacarlsonshortstories.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-day-in-mooc.html

  3. See Julie, I told you I’d check back after I was through, and you didn’t believe me, shame shame:)
    I wrote a first person POV story from a prompt on creative story generator. You’re a knife in the pocket of a thief. Write the story from the knife’s POV. I changed the prompt a little though and made it a murderer instead of a thief sort of a peeping Tom murderer. It was a bit shorter than I liked, 462 words, but I got behind the other day so I didn’t want to make it too long. It’s a story starter for later, and yes, I made up the story I was behind in. Am up to date and aim to stay that way.

  4. This is one of my favorites. I’m going to start writing in a few minutes and it should be easy and go by fast. I’ll check in when I’m done

  5. That was a good one — it went so quickly and easily. Since it was a first person prompt, I am guessing my ego is alive and well. *grin*

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