At three minutes to midnight by our planetary Doomsday Clock does it matter?
No, most likely not. But if you have a good story to tell outloud or to write down and share, you need to know about your options. What choices do you have for story narration? Upward to several hundred but let me help narrow that down for you.
A few memorable narrators
- Cousin Mary in “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The self loathing man telling “Notes from Underground” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Alec (a fourteen year old boy) in The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
So far, these narrators happen to also be main characters but do not let that fool you!
As I began this new series “Write Monday” I gave an example
I started with a storytelling example by one of my favorite contemporary authors. A brief introduction: this a unique writer who writes novels both for adults and children, also an author who’s fame owes much to the Broadway stage adaption of his novel, Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” Gregory MacGuire.
Wicked…written in the third person pronoun, nevertheless this novel entralls me, due to a strong narrative voice. As a reader I felt instant curiousity for a storyteller who dared tell the story of an longheld character defined as “evil.”
Not being a longsuffering reader, I refuse to any boredom in a novel, but will stay longer in a nonfiction book, reported to teach a valuable stream of knowledge!
Yep, I read like a hopeless snob!
Wink, wink. I write fiction. I hold myself to a near impossible standard of excellence, I know “…the better is the enemy of the good.”
What do narrators do 4 stories?
A short list of narrator benefits
- The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
- Rivet readers by their voice
- Layer story POV
- Take a story to a larger world
- Shift a story into a new time frame
- Questions strengthens or foolishness of characters
- Scatter clues, false or true
- Make judgements on the plot, the character or the secret history
- Add complexity & other stories designed to enrich the central plot or readers bond with characters
- Make readers love or hate the main character more
Would this postman make an interesting narrator? I imagine he would speak at least three languages and take his job seriously.
Thanks for reading & sharing Dog Leader Mysteries. Deborah Taylor-French