If you want to share your story, your family’s story, your church group’s story, your ancestor’s story, or the story of someone you admire, you will eventually realize you are a narrator of someone else’s story, even if you are telling your own story. No, no need for schizophrenia.
Narrating your self as though you are talking about someone else is not weird. Trust me. Your story will be more readable and seem far less boastful if you can use different perspectives and what writers call voices to shift perspective from “then I did this” or first person to what is called omnipotent or all seeing.
Omnipotent: “Narrating your self as though you are talking about someone else is not weird.”
First person: “Trust me.”
This is just shifting perspective.
Why would you want to do this viewpoint, narration thing?
- Think of your readers. Are you writing for friends or your great grandchildren? Figure this out and then tell those people a story. Sit down at a keyboard or in front of a microphone or video camera and tell them about your subject.
- Passion shows through. Let your voice sing through… even if you are using the the keyboard to sing.
- Because something has to come between the pictures.
- Because your future readers may not know what the thing you are talking about even is…
Mules. No not the animals but the slipper.
Taffeta. No not a candy. That is taffy. And taffeta is not the same as crinoline – just an FYI. Oops there is another one: FYI means For Your Information.
- Every human is programmed to listen to stories. Remember the “Tell me a story, Mom” phase of childhood.
Ask people to read or view your first few efforts and give you feedback.
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