I love to write in first person because I can really live out the novel in the heroine’s head. Everything comes from her experiences, her feelings, her agitations when the story is from her point of view. Even fighting with herself is comical when in first person. There is nothing like having an angel slash devil fight on the shoulders while your heroine is determining her next move when it’s in first person. In There Goes the Neighborhood it went like this:
He scratched the back of his head and looked down the street.
“Of course I didn’t do that. Did you do that to my truck?”
I opened my eyes wider and went to yell some more. I was stopped by a little thing called guilt. The little angel sitting on my right shoulder was pinching my earlobe. I could hear it saying, “Now don’t lie, just tell him the truth and confront him about what has been happening.” Of course the little devil on the other side was saying,” Lie through your teeth to the filthy bastard and tell him you’re holding his dog for ransom.” At this point, I wanted money for damages.
“No, I didn’t touch your truck!” I said; which was really a little white lie that the devil and angel would have to compromise over.
“Well, have you seen my dog?” he asked.
“No,” I said, looking straight at Christian and suddenly heard a muffled bark behind me.
Christian glanced over my shoulder and wrinkled his nose. He squinted at me and stepped forward. I bolted for my front door.
“What the hell are you doing? That’s my dog!” he yelled.
I slammed the door and locked it. “I found him in my backyard this morning! My gates were closed. That’s the second time you’ve put him over here, so now I’m keeping him!”
“Damn you, Victoria, that’s my dog! I didn’t paint your car or put my dog in your yard. Now give him back!”
“Not until you admit that you’ve been the one sending over nasty singing telegrams. Oiling and painting my lawn! I slid across the grass naked for God’s sake. I could’ve broken my neck!”
“I missed that!”
“I just mean I would have liked to have seen the naked part!”
I growled and hit the door from my side.
I loved this scene and I think it was so much better because it was in first person.