Do you want to write stronger first person narrative?

Ever feel like your first person POV is a little weak?

Me too!

I love finding just the right information at just the right time.

Recently, I posted thoughts on writing in different point of views, and what do you know…

I opened my email and read a post by Janice Hardy about writing in the 1st person. I love tips and tricks that make writing easier and hers are top-notch.

Here is what I learned reading her post.

  • Know when the story happened.
    • Is character remember or experiencing the events?
    • Current in the moment events and the protagonist is in the dark as much as the reader.
  • Know how much distance is between my character and the events.
    • Distance in time and space determine the details.
    • Distance determines how fresh their wounds or experiences.
  • Know how objective or emotional my character is because of the events.
    • Time and distance can make details fade unless something happens to jog memories.
  • It’s important to decide if my protagonist is “in the moment,” “reflecting,” or retrospective.”
    • Where the protagonist is in their life determines how to present the story.
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Click on the link at the bottom and read Ms. Hardy’s post.

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A Simple Trick to a Stronger First Person Narrative by Janice Hardy


6 thoughts on “Do you want to write stronger first person narrative?

  1. I read that same post by Janice. Excellent suggestions. I still wonder if with me it’s a case of not being in the character enough. I want my English to be perfect first time around. I’d probably be much better off writing as if I’m speaking to my better friend about the incidents that are making the story. Then clean it up later.

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  2. The timing of today’s post is right on target for me. I am in the process of editing my next children’s book and I will be using these reflective questions to aid me in my editing. POV is critical and I want to make sure that I stay in the “correct” POV for my book.

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