Posted on 07/28/2021 at 01:28 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Who’s the narrator in a novel told in third person?

Milo Todd expects you to say that the author is the narrator — but he argues that this isn’t the case.

He literally illustrates how the author is outside of the narrator, who is in turn outside of the characters, in a post for Writer Unboxed.

This distinction is important, says Todd, because this narrator’s perception colors the story for the reader.

So understanding who the narrator is, how they’re related to the book, why they’re telling the story, and more will also guide your writing process.

Head to Writer Unboxed for Todd’s discussion of how and why to know your invisible narrator.

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