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Exposition of a story - examples tips | Now Novel

Writing story exposition: Examples and tips

Writing the exposition of a story – the narration introducing key scenarios, themes, characters or settings – takes skill. The reader needs enough information to be curious and continue. Here are 5 examples of effective exposition, the reasons why they’re effective, and tips we can deduce: (more…)

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Examples of narrative from 5 classic books

Mastering narration: 5 deft examples of narrative

Narrating a story presents many choices. How will you bring time and place into your story? Whose POV will you tell the story from? How will you show characters’ pasts? Here are 5 examples of narrative from great novels that teach us how to write narrative with different purposes: (more…)

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First person narrative: 7 tips for writing great narrators

Telling a story using mainly first person narrative has both pros and cons. Here are 7 steps to creating a great ‘I’ narrator, but first: The pros and cons of writing a novel in first person The benefit of telling a story in first person is that readers discover the voice and psychology of a […]

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The unreliable narrator: Creating surprise in your story

The unreliable narrator is a useful fiction device for creating surprise in your story and avoiding predictability. Here are some ways that unreliable narrators can be used to shape a novel’s form or to surprise and build tension in the reader: First: An unreliable narrator definition  What is an unreliable narrator? This is a narrator (usually […]

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Writing advice: Show, don’t tell: or should you?

“Show, don’t tell” is one of the most common pieces of advice given about writing, but should you follow this advice? In fact, sometimes you should tell (and not show). Here are some of the reasons why: First, let’s look at what the phrase means. ‘Show, don’t tell’ is often said to remind writers how […]

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Types of narration infographic – 6 narrative POVs

Types of narration and POV play a crucial role in your story’s overall dramatic effect. The narrator is the character whose point of view frames the entire story. Our post on the elements of the unreliable narrator detailed one type, but there are numerous narrator types (such as the first person narrator who uses ‘I’). Here is […]

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