Types of narration infographic – 6 narrative POVs

Types of narration infographic – 6 narrative POVs

Types of narration and POV play a crucial role in your story’s overall dramatic effect.

What is a narrator?

The narrator is the character whose point of view frames the entire story.

Here is a handy infographic explaining 6 kinds of narrator. When you’re finished reading, try the The Now Novel ideas finder – it will help you plan your narrator and other characters.

Infographic - 6 types of narration - 1st, 2nd, limited, omniscient, unreliable, fly-on-wall

Read more on the different kinds of narration:

If you want to know more about types of narration, read our best posts on the topic. Go here to read all about the unreliable narrator and how to use this narrative device. Another of our best articles on narration examines the difference between unreliable and omniscient narrators. And here are 5 examples of narrative from famous books that show how to use narration for core story purposes such as characterization and creating rich setting.

Structure your story so you have the characters and events you need for interesting narration – learn how Now Novel will help you finally finish your novel.

45 Replies to “Types of narration infographic – 6 narrative POVs”

    1. Hi there, thank you for your question. Do you mean which POV is the best to use? One isn’t necessarily better than another, it depends on the context and the effect you’re trying to achieve. For example, first person is useful for creating a sense of close intimacy with the narrator and is part of why it’s typical for memoir/autobiography (though Roland Barthes wrote an autobiography in third person – there are no fixed rules other than the basic rules of grammar and such).

    1. Hi Jasmine, thank you for your feedback. There are in fact additional types of narrator, what you’re referring to specifically is points of view with regard to person (Ursula K Le Guin differentiates between ‘involved omniscient’ narration, where the narrator knows what characters are thinking, and fly-on-the-wall which does not have access to any character’s thought process but can only describe what a camera or fly-on-the-wall could see, hence the name). Thank you for reading our blog!

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