Writer’s Digest | 3 Things Your #Novel’s Narrator Needs to Accomplish

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John Mauk, writing for “The Writer’s Dig”, gives some great advice, letting us in on how our narrator can work for us. Imbuing him or her with the power of persuasion in order to convince the reader that he or she has all the information, and will provide it, goes a long way toward reassuring your reader that your story is “real.” And when the reader feels like they are a part of your story, they can fall in love with your story and your characters.

Read the full article below, and enjoy an excerpt on how the power of persuasion (the effort of rhetoric) has a major role in fiction, regardless of genre, regardless of age.

3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs to Accomplish | WritersDigest.com.

So what particular elements convince us? How does a story compete with the real world and all of its lures: air, cell phones, family crises, food, and drink? For me, it all comes down to the narrator, to the storytelling voice. Narrators don’t simply say what happened. They create a reality, a world that readers believe, keep on believing, and want to keep believing. Whether first, second, or third-person, good narrators make fictive worlds real, which takes a lot of persuasive power—more than all the politicians in Congress. And while the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us…