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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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The 6 major narrator types - infographic

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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An unreliable narrator pretending to tell the truth

What is an unreliable narrator?

An unreliable narrator is one of the most powerful tools available to a writer. His unreliability might be obvious to the reader throughout, it might be revealed gradually, or it might come as a revelation that provides a major plot twist. What is an unreliable narrator? It is a character who tells the reader a story that […]

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