Sometimes I can better describe a person by another person's reaction. In a story in my first book, I couldn't think of a way to sufficiently describe the charisma of a certain boy, so the narrator says, "I knew girls who saved his gum."— Amy Hempel
Astounding First Person Narrative quotations
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
First person narrative is a very effective tool but you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
Hitchcock makes it very clear to us. There's an objective and a subjective camera, like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.
To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.
Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
Using a first-person narrator is simply a matter of hearing the voice inside yourself.
Almost all of the stories in The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan are told in the first person, yet, depending on the angle and distance of the narrator, they exert different effects. The best are those in which the speaker never poses as an objective outsider. (...) Other stories are damaged by the urge to distance the narrator.
Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarter you are, the more selevtive you become.
First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.
A first-person voice helps to ensure the uniformity and cohesiveness of the narrative; it gathers unto itself incidents and characters in its unstoppable progress toward the story's end.
Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative.
Life has a way of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.
Autobiography is awfully seductive; it's wonderful. Once I got into it, I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass - the slave narrative - speaking in the first-person singular, talking about the first-person plural, always saying 'I,' meaning 'we.'
The way that I see third person is it's actually first person.
Writing for me is all voice work. Third person narrative is just as character-driven as first person narrative for me in terms of a voice. I don't write very much in third person.
I want to say that what is cool about writing self-aware first person narrative is that the awareness is not necessarily the same awareness of the reader. I have a story coming out in the Paris Review and it's about a hipster. He think's he's self-aware, he's very introspective and analytical, but when you're reading it you can totally see through his self-analysis because you have a higher awareness than he does. I like playing with that too.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself.
There is no single test or formula for producing moral progress anymore than there is for generating scientific truths. It is a process involving theoreticians, fact-gatherers, protestors, martyrs for the cause, authors of first- person narratives who change the way we see and evaluate the distribution of harms and benefits.
I came to New York, and it was a really cool time.
People like Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee were making their first movies, and they were making movies that were personal narratives.
Any story has a beginning, middle, and end, of course, but the question is, where do you start it exactly? It's about a guy who is murdered in a fistfight, but how does it evolve and what does it mean? That's what I discovered scene by scene, and this innovation of coming in as a first-person narrator was a complete surprise to me. It just happened.
Don't confuse my personality with my attitude... My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are...
It is hard to create a first-person narrator that can be a child and yet is able to take in enough information for the narrative to be legible to the reader.
I think first-person narrators should be complex, because otherwise the first-person is too shallow and predictable. I like a first-person narrator who can't totally be trusted.
I think every first-person narrator in a novel should be compromised.
I prefer that word to unreliable.
A strong person loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, perseveres... No matter what life throws at them.
Early on, I settled on the first-person strategy as a way to deal with exposition and world-description issues. As long as the book is, it could have been far longer had I gone with an omniscient third-person narrator, or multiple point-of-view characters, since either of those would have enabled me to impart much more detailed information about the history and geography of the world.
With the adult ones, I feel I need to get as deep inside the psychology of a character as I can, and that needs to be first-person. In the children's books, I feel I need some distance. I don't want to be the nine-year-old at the center of the story. I need to have some type of narrative voice.
Lauren Kirshner creates a first-person narrator you never stop rooting for.
. . . [Where We Have to Go] highlights Kirshner as a new novelist to watch. A very strong, original debut.
You have to be odd to be number one.
One of the strategies for doing first-person is to make the narrator very knowing, so that the reader is with somebody who has a take on everything they observe.
Marie Houzelle is a master of the first-person narrative.
In Tita she has created a strange, utterly original child whose deadpan certainties are a beguiling invitation to readers of all ages.
Everyone is interesting except the narrator in a first-person story.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.
There are certain things in 'Twilight'.
.. As much as I'm proud of that movie and I do like it, I feel like maybe I brought too much of myself to the character. I feel like I really know Bella now. But most readers feel like they know Bella because it's a first-person narrative.