Posts tagged first person
How to Control Distance in Creative Writing

When a reader feels too distant from your piece, they are unable to connect with your characters, plot, and story. Without a connection, they might not finish your piece or recommend it to someone else. Luckily, distance is something you control through scenes, point of view, and tension.

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Ghosts by Sophie Calle: How to Read Like a Writer

Sometimes the story we wish to tell is not our story. In Ghosts, Sophie Calle uses a collection of voices to tell the story of missing museum art pieces. Learn how to combine interviews to create a larger story and build distinct character voices from Ghosts.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: How to Read Like a Writer

If you want to take your readers on an emotional journey and focus on the internal conflicts of your characters, read Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur uses the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing of her life to create an emotional story arc in her poetry collection. Through different points of view, form, and the economy of words, she brings emotional truths to the forefront of her text.

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Creative Nonfiction: What Is It and How to Write It

To some the phrase creative nonfiction might seem like an oxymoron, but it isn’t. Creative nonfiction is about sharing your story, facts, and reality in a compelling way, so your readers are both informed and entertained. It grants writers the freedom to build scenes and play with form, while remaining true.

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Alchemy of the Afterlife by Linda Kinnamon: How to Read Like a Writer

If you want to hook readers into your memoir, you need to write it like a story. Linda Kinnamon borrows techniques from fiction to convey her experiences with life after death as a hospice nurse and in her personal life. Read her memoir Alchemy of the Afterlife, to learn how you can make your memoir as compelling as a great novel.

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Telling Your Story: Memoir vs Autobiography vs Biography

Are you writing a nonfiction story about a specific person? Is it about you or someone else? If you are, then you need to know the differences between a memoir, autobiography, and biography, so you can accurately categorize your book and appeal to readers looking for your story.

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Versailles by Kathryn Davis: How to Read Like a Writer

If you find historical events and people inspiring, read Versailles by Kathryn Davis. Davis transforms the famous palace to tell a story larger than the main character, while giving Marie Antoinette the voice and freedom to tell her own story. Discover how you can use these same techniques to enliven your writing.

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Self-Help by Lorrie Moore: How to Read Like a Writer

If you want to try out a new writing technique or put your reader in an uncomfortable situation, the short story might be the format for you. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore is a collection of short stories that gives Moore the chance to have her readers walk in another’s shoes through second person point of view and create a variety of character voices.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: How to Read Like a Writer

If you’re writing an unreliable narrator or plot twists, check out The Girl on the Train. Paula Hawkins uses plot twists to build suspense and change perceptions of her characters. She also uses a variety of characteristics to make her narrators untrustworthy. Learn how to control the information in your story for similar effects.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: How to Read Like a Writer

An example of a narrator other than the main protagonist, The Book Thief uses word choice, form, and voice to show Death's perspective on humans during World War II. By studying Markus Zusak’s novel, you can learn how to do this in your own writing.

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3 Types of First Person Narrators: Benefits and Pitfalls

Who is narrating your story? Is it the snarky protagonist? A child? A murderer? While every person and character are unique, most first person narrators fit into three major categories. Understanding the pros and cons of each narrator type can be the difference between a successful story and one that falls flat.

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne: How to Read Like a Writer

If you’ve ever wondered how to write a page turner, read Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Using a narrator with an outstanding sense of humor, strategic chapter breaks, and a unique cast, this debut novel is a page turner worthy of a close read.

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First Person Point of View: Benefits and Pitfalls

If you want to immerse your reader in your character’s thoughts and emotions or tell a story through the eyes (and voice) of your character, first person might be the best choice for you. However, like all aspects of writing, first person has its benefits and pitfalls.

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