So I got into a lengthy chat last night with dear pal Claire Legrand, who’s currently writing her first, first person book. Her prior work has always been in third. She was having some concerns over the fact that this MG was slated to be in the neighborhood of 60-65k and she’s at around 43k and only halfway through her outline. Apart from the fact that this is totally what revisions are for, I made the point that I always write significantly longer in first person than in third. My Mirus books (all third) are very, very tight prose. My average scene usually runs from 1200-1800. My first person scenes tend to run more on par with anywhere from 1800-3000, depending on lots of stuff.
So I got to wondering: is this a thing? If you write both first and third person works, does one tend to be longer than the other for you? If so, why do you think that is? Let us know in comments. I’m curious.