- A story in first person must maintain that narrator's voice 100% of the time.
- The first-person narrator must have a clear, plausible reason for telling the story; we have to believe he'd do it, and telling the story is going to "solve" something for him, which means...
- The first-person narrator is the MC even if he appears not to be (yes, I'd argue Nick Carraway is the MC in The Great Gatsby). He has a stake in this story's telling that nobody else has, or they'd be telling it.
- Using a first-person narrator is no excuse for skimping on action and dialogue in order to let the narrator yak, yak, yak. In other words, a weakness of first person is that it tempts one to tell secondhand instead of show firsthand.
- A striking advantage of first-person narration is ability to maintain POV.
- Your MC's personality plays a large role in whether you use first or third person. Some characters wouldn't tell their own story to save their lives; others insist on having the floor.
- First person can, and should, open up lots of structural possibilities besides straight chronology.
- The theme in a first-person story is more concerned with artistry, truth, beauty, creativity, and so forth, than with heroic action.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What would you add?