I Like First, But She Prefers Third
But I have never written an entire manuscript in first.
I think it boils down to how I imagine my stories. For me, it's like going to the cinema. I chill out in my personal HD, digital surround sound AWESOME Coleplex (I have more than one idea at a time so I need multiple screens) and watch my ideas from the outside. Meaning, I tend to write plot-driven stories rather than character-driven. I see events unfold and watch the characters react. I can't say for sure, but I reckon someone who writes an excellent first person narrative probably starts out inside their character's head.
Third person suits me to the very core of my creative being. I can still dip into a character's thoughts, but I can distance myself and see things from waaaaaay above. I like that distance. No, actually, I LOVE it. I can jump into my character, then leap right out and into the sky and set the scene.
|"As the hungry MC walked through the mall, he dodged the shopping-crazed crowds..."|
You wait, my next MS will be first person now :P
How about you? Which perspective do you prefer to write?