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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Narrator

The narrator is an important decision for a writer. Make the choice for narrator prior to a single syllable being written. Why? The story is told from the point-of-view character. He/she opens the door according to an one sided view, and that view is from the character telling the story. The stance covered in your work of fiction depends on which character is narrating.

It's paramount to complete a profile for characters before you start writing. You can always go back and nip and tuck information. A character's story can't be told well if you don't know him/her. The narrator's voice arrives with his/her unique experiences, attitude and culture. The educational level swirls into his/her speech pattern. These details and any others you'd like to add constitutes a character's profile. 

When a character slides into the narrator's spot, he/she is engaging. The character stirs-up the emotions of sadness, anger, happiness or fear in readers. It leads to a connection. It's why a person cheers, yells, frowns or poo-poos a character. The ability of a character to spark some emotion is why readers look for more writing projects from the writer.

I'm referring to the first person narrator. The character is limited to what he/she knows, finds out or witnesses. The story unfolds through his/her eyes. The reader identifies, cares, hates, the point-of-view character. The writer sprinkles in the right ingredients for the fit with his/her vision.

The first person, I, narrator is a mixture. The character is formed from a writer's experiences. Each writer is different with many and varied experiences. Writers are influenced by what they see, feel, hear and read. There's no limit to where writers gather writing ideas.

What if the narrator is a liar and the protagonist? The story is usually written around the protagonist. It's the writer's job to expose the character. How? Let the character's lies be uncovered. The character is left with no choice but the truth. Readers will get suspicious of the "tall tales." They will reason if the character is fibbing here, he/she could be lying about A and B. After all, they're just taking his word. Hmm. Some will watch the character more carefully. They'll pay close attention to what and how the character speaks. Readers will be looking for inconsistencies. Some other people will go along with the character to use him/her for their own purposes.

In the end, a narrator is selected based on which character best fit and the vision a writer has.


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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.


She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.


She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.


Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.


Meet Marcella Glenn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marcellaglenn.



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February 16, 2009
Every week, The Authors Show, radio version features interviews with up and coming authors from around the world. This week The Authors Show radio features Marcella Glenn, author of  'Grave Street House'.

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