This article was written by White mosquito, Naira land. You will really enjoy a lot from this.
Why do you think you enjoy some stories more than others? Its way more than mere storyline;I’ve always maintained that there is no new story under the sun. It has EVERYTHING to do with how engaged the writer made you feel- which is a function of the NARRATIVE.
Hopefully, this should clear all doubts and misgivings:
There are many points of view for a writer to choose from, and each has different problems, responsibilities and effects. The available points of view are first, second and third person.
The First Person
First of all, you need to decide how this story is being told. Is the character writing it down? Telling it out loud? Thinking it to their self? And if they are writing it down, is it something meant to be read by the public? Or is it a private diary? A story meant for one other person? The way the first person narrator is relating the story will affect how you write it, the language you choose, the length of your sentences, your tone of voice and many other things. The reader should have at least some sense of this as well. The way they interpret a story could be very different if it is told as a secret diary or if it is a public statement.
Another aspect to think about is how much time has elapsed between when the character experienced the events of the story and when they decided to tell them. If only a few days have passed, the story could be related very differently than if the character was reflecting on events of the distant past. Also think about why the character is telling the story. What is their motivation? Are they just trying to clear up events for their own peace of mind? Make a confession about a wrong they did? The reason why a story is told will also affect how it is written, and you at least should know the answer, even if it never makes its way into the text. And not only Why? but Why now?
A first person narrative is often more effective when it is a first person narrator telling someone else’s story (in other words, when the narrator is not the main character). This allows a certain distance between the narrator and the events which is impossible for the main character. On the other hand, the inability to see the bigger picture can sometimes be exploited to good effect.
First Person Protagonist: For this point of view, a character relates events that occurred to them; the “I” is the main character, telling her or his own story.
My stomach rumbled from the sour ‘moimoi’ I had at my CDS dinner early in the evening. It had seemed like a good idea at the time even though I suspected the meal had spent way too much time in the cooler or had been exposed to air without proper preservation. – culled from ‘She came with Hope’ by White Mosquito.
First Person Witness: The story of the main character is told by another character observing the events.
Her stomach rumbled from the sour ‘moimoi’ she had at her CDS dinner early in the evening. She had thought it a good idea at the time, even though she suspected that the meal…
First Person Re-teller: The story is told, not by a witness to the events, but by someone who has heard the story from yet another person.
Her stomach rumbled; I don’t know why; it probably was the sour ‘moimoi’ she had at her CDS dinner early in the evening. You know how sometimes you decide to risk eating something even when you should know better. She had thought it a good idea at the time, even though she suspected that the meal….