The narrative voice is the perspective a story is told from. The narrative voice can be an important tool for the author, with different perspectives often changing the way a text is read. A story can be told from the first, second or third perspective.
First Person – In this point of view, a character (Usually, the protagonist) is telling the story. You will see a lot of “I” and “me” or “we” in the first-person narrations.
Second Person – In this POV (point of view), the author uses a narrator to speak to the reader. You will notice “You,” “your,” and “yours” in second person narration.
Third Person – An external narrator is telling the story. You will see “he,” “she,” “it,” or “they” in this form of narration.
Linear Narrative presents the events of the story in the order in which they actually happened. The types of writing that employ linear narrative have the effect of immersing the reader in the daily life of the protagonist, as they watch the events unfold in chronological order.
Non-linear Narrative presents the events of the story out of order. It uses flashbacks and other literary devices to shift the chronology of a story.
Quest Narrative is a story in which the protagonist works towards and end goal while facing insurmountable obstacles along the way.
Viewpoint Narrative is designed to express points of view of personal experience of the main character, or other characters in the story. In viewpoint narrative writing, moods and feelings are filtered through the narrator’s own life and subjective point of view.
Finally, you may have heard of ‘show, don’t tell’ and this is something you should keep in mind. Writing is about revealing aspects of the story at crucial times; it’s about linking your sub-plot with your main story, stripping back layers or unveiling elements of the story. You can hint at certain situations, create suspicion, build tension to make the reader think.
When you are writing, the message and styles have to be so strong that they bring scenes to life; it lets the reader feel a myriad of emotions when something is sad, funny or amusing happens in the story. The sign of a good story is when the reader is fully engaged. Narrating can only serve to detract from most stories.