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Creating Tension with First-Person Narrators
WHEN YOUR STORY is written in the first person, the general rule is that the narrator can only tell the reader what the narrator (the “I” in a first-person narrative) thinks, feels, sees, hears, and knows. The narrator is one character, and cannot know what another character is thinking or hiding, or the real reasons another character acted or spoke as they did. So, how does an author create narrative tension using a first-person narrator? [Read more…]
IN THE SIMPLEST example, recall gathering around a campfire as a child, telling ghost stories. The plots of the stories have been known for generations. But sitting around the crackling fire, one person speaks and tells the story. They revel in the gore, they stretch out the suspense, they pause, they distract, and then they strike! We all fall out shrieking and shivering… because of the narrator’s (the story teller’s) voice. [Read more…]