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Old 03-14-2006, 01:54 AM
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Is it possible to switch between narrators in a story or does it get readers confused? Let's say that that originally there is person A, the person being described, and person B who is the narrator who is telling the story. I want to bring in Person C, a person who would takes the role of Person B and continues on with the story.

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Sure it can be done. It's called shift of perspective.

An easy way to do that is, for example, to somehow eliminate the original narrator - kill him off, send him to a far land or something like that - then have the secondary narrator take over from something like a diary found or a letter left for him. I think you get the idea. After that, the new narrator would have his own "flavour" to the story.

How to do it in a particular story would depend on just how confused you want your readers.

To give more detailed advice would require a few more details. But the question I'd ask first is, why switch narrators?
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Originally Posted by Panthere Noir
Sure it can be done. It's called shift of perspective.
An easy way to do that is, for example, to somehow eliminate the original narrator - kill him off, send him to a far land or something like that - then have the secondary narrator take over from something like a diary found or a letter left for him. I think you get the idea. After that, the new narrator would have his own "flavour" to the story.
OR, you could use an omniscient POV instead of a narrator to avoid reader confusion about perspective.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:15 PM
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well, I read one thing where every chapter or so it changed perspective... It was like, two people's diaries or something. I forget...

get rid of the original narrator in some way.

1) Kill him off.
2) Have his friend/apprentice take over for him
3) Have him go away.
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Old 03-23-2006, 03:54 AM
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Another thing that may also work is just establish a narrator by either changing the setting, as in switch to a different place. Or you could mark it off and switch to a different character and make it easy to recognize that they are the narrator through some device or other
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