Writing fiction: choosing the right narrator
So I started to think not about the method, but about the mechanics instead. And then, I could see this method could be perfect for me, but only if mine brain was wired in the same way of who created it. Every individual is so rich and so unique that only you can know, not what you think, the output here is irrelevant, but how you think. When I realized it, I tried to forget about everything I have read about all the articles that tell you how to write and systematize a book. Of course, there are tools that might help you, but it is better if we absorb them, and then adapt it to our needs. Now, I am not overwhelmed about how to start writing in the correct way, there’s none.
After the first pages (which is all I got so far… this is not a race, ok?) I was confronted with my first big decision which is to figure what kind of narrator I should use. I am sure that, so far, I edited my pages a good handful of times, only because you can have so many possibilities, and all of them can add so much character and quality to your story, that deciding to use only one of them is death threatening (drama alert!)
I had to dig a bit in the interwebs to find what types of narrators we can use, as I left school a while ago already. So, I found the following:
- Point of view: narrator and character types
An author creates a person to tell the story, and this person is the narrator.
The narrator delivers the point of view of the story.
Multiple narrators of the story can also present multiple points of view.
- A first person narrator
uses the pronoun “I” to tell the story, and can be either a major or minor character.
It may be easier for a reader to relate to a story told in a first person account.
- A subjective narrator is generally unreliable
because he/she is in the story,
and can only speak to his/her experience within it.
- A second person narrator
uses the pronoun “you” and is not used very often since it makes the reader a participant in the story (and you, as a reader, may be reluctant to be in the action!).
- A third person narrator
uses the pronoun “he” or “she” and does not take part in the story.
- An objective narrator is an observer
and describes or interprets thoughts, feelings, motivations, of the characters. Details such as setting, scenes, and what was said is stronger with an objective observer
- An omniscient (omniscient = all-knowing) narrator has access to all
the actions and thoughts within fiction
- A limited narrator has a restricted view of events,
and doesn’t “know” the whole story
After all my research, I found myself wanting to use all different types of narrating. I feel this is such an important decision because it can totally change the perspective of the story, depending on how the author is choosing to feed us information. So, long story short, I think I might be ending up using more than one narrator, but the challenge is making sure the chapters with different narrators stitch together and make sense so I don’t confuse the reader. For now, this is the path I would like to go and play with. I am sure I will be having to come back and change everything but hey… tough decisions… but it is all good fun.
I’ll keep you posted.