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Taking Yourself Out of the Story

Taking Yourself Out of the Story

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Published by Mara Danica Ramos
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Published by: Mara Danica Ramos on Nov 05, 2012
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TAKING YOURSELF OUT OF THE STORY:NARRATIVE STANCE AND THE UPRIGHT PRONOUN
 
“Never let the reporter enter the story” 
 
the code of objectivity of the earlier factual writers
 
using “the reporter” or “this reporter” if the reporter is needed to the story
 
having a real-live person, with bias and full emotion, witness the event could twist thetruth (subjectivity)To CNF writers:
it is natural to join the story
participating in the story makes it sound more natural, real and honest
“We (the writers) enter the story whether it needs us or not” 
 
distracting the reader from the real point of the story
annoying the reader for grabbing his or her attention
confusing the reader what is the purpose of the storyTwo ways for the writer to enter the story:1
“the upright pronoun”
 
 
using “I”
 
the first and the most obvious way of narrating
the story is technically in the first point of view since it is the author who isnarrating the story, not some fictional character 
 
one of the important and “frustrating” hallmarks that
distinguishing nonfiction andfiction
it is frustrating because it is limiting what the writer wants to write about (it ismore self-centered, missing the rest of the details on the story)
there are other ways to tell a story:1
second point of view or “you”
- inviting the reader to become part of thestory2
third point of view or “she or he”
- concealing any sign of the author, withthe usage of tone to direct the reader throughout the story2
“tone [of voice]”
 
the attitude of the author: the usage of words, the selection and order of thescenes, and the rhythm of language
another way for the author to point out what things are important and their meanings on the story
moral stance of the story is reflectedpoint of view + tone + psychic distance = narrative stancepsychic distance
how near or far the writer and the reader from the events and people on the story

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