Even though I am almost 23k words into my book, I am still not sure if it will be better to continue writing in up-close-and-personal third person or to make the switch into first.
I think I find first person easier to write in, but I've already spent so much time in third person for this story that it feels foreign to make the switch. For some reason the third person is simply more appealing.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a great example of super-close third person. I'm trying to keep the feeling and the ebb and flow of that story in my head as I write. But sometimes I can't help but write a few paragraphs in first person, only to go back and change all the I's to Bernie's and the me's to she's.