The Magical Lure of the Intimate Voice

I have written here and elsewhere of the power of a great opening line. If you can imagine a bookstore as a crowded singles bar with each book hoping to get lucky, that first sentence essentially functions as the author's pick-up line. Sure, a sexy book jacket helps, since it ...

God or Huck Finn: Who Should Tell Your Story?

An online discussion among several of my fellow Poisoned Pen Press authors got me thinking about the one decision every fiction author must make before typing CHAPTER 1 at the top of the page. That decision? Who will tell your story? "Huh," a baffled reader may wonder, "doesn't the author tell ...

Who Tells the Story: From the Bible to Marlowe

Who will tell the story? Every author must answer that question before typing "Chapter One" at the top of that first page. Not who will write the story. That's the author's job. But who will tell it? Who will serve as the narrator? One common answer is known as Third Person Omniscient. That's ...