I <3 second person.
There is no “I” in 2nd person, unless it’s in dialog. He, she, it, they, etc. is used when talking about something other than the narrator.
In second person, the author, the narrator is addressing the reader. It pulls the reader into the story and makes them part of the story.
I’ve just started listening to the audio book of The Time Travelers Wife and the first chapter has a great example of second person POV, so far at least :)
Second Person is definitely my favourite POV to write in. Unfortunately it’s also the hardest, at least for me. Some people say it doesn’t work at all, but I know it does. I find it works best for intense, passionate pieces. Short pieces, as well. Most of my 2nd person POV pieces are 100 words (some of which are linked to or posted below) although I have written two 500 word pieces. I’m challenging myself to write something longer; start in baby steps: a thousand words, five thousand… more?
What about you? Have you ever experimented, either reading or writing, with second person POV? What are your thoughts?
(Another Moonlight fan fic resurrected from a few years ago)
The body lies, bleeding and broken, on the ground. It’s still gasping for air, screaming in pain, spilling thick red fluid around you as you race to save it. It’s still warm, still alive, but not for long, no matter what miracles you pull from your bag of tricks. The blood assaults your senses and some part of you deep down wonders if it would be so bad if you just had a taste. You’re thankful that wasn’t something you had to deal with in the war. He’s broken almost beyond repair and you wonder if she’ll ever forgive you.