Narrative – an important factor that can either take your novel to an all new level or just move it to trash. For literary is such an ocean where all stories are already taken, the one best way to make your novel interesting is the choice of narrative. So, let’s sneak peak at the choices you have w.r.t narratives.
I will start with my favorite form – Nonlinear Narrative, best used for thrillers. It gives a nice platform for you to change the patterns of the events to make your novel a very interesting one than chronological. It gives more space to add twists and turns that can make your novel an unputdownable. It is almost a time travel for the readers, and so, authors can very well choose this sort of narration.
Linear narrative – As simple as a line from the start to end without any change from A to Z, which might not really impress the readers if the story is simple and breezy. If your story has a good tension throughout and interesting factors, linear might suit it best.
First person narrative – Usually, the protagonist or someone else who is a part of the story narrates it to the reader from their point of view. So the reader would be an observer of the interactions happening between the story teller and others.
Third person narrative – An omnipresent character will read out the story from a third person point of view, which can typically be an easy way to cover more details of what each character feels like unlike the first person narrative.
Unreliable narrator – This is an interesting one. You can never rely on the narrator, where things are not trustworthy. A character’s narration that is not reliable makes it fascinating!
Interactive narrative – This is an interesting type of narration where the reader and writer would interact. The story will be dynamic, and will have personalized engagement. Social dialogues will be used throughout to engage the reader. There are different patterns to it to choose from.
Multiple Ending – While the whole story is in the author’s control, the ending is according to the reader. You give branching paths from a story, and let the reader to choose the one that they like. It is important to ensure all the endings suit the best and are equally good.
Open ending – You handle the whole story and never give a closure, more like life. It never ends until you die, and every story that started ends in a small cliff that re-directs to another.