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Bonus Post: “Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.”


The quote in the title of this blog is the title of an article in The Washington Post… They

Why I decided to feature this in a Bonus Post will be left to explanation in response to a proper query in the comments

A hint of my possible answer is this excerpt from the article:

“…the singular they is ‘the only sensible solution to English’s lack of a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun.’”

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How Many Ways Can You Tell A Story?


Have you ever considered that there are many ways to tell a story?

Some folks know about 3rd person and 1st person point-of-view.

For example:

“John walked down the path thinking about his sweetheart.”, is 3rd person.

1st person might be, “Man, I wish Sheila was here. She’s my missing half!”

Not high literature but you get the idea :-)

There are many other approaches to storytelling

I saw a post on Google Plus by Karen Woodward that linked to a blog post titled 15 Ways To Write A Story.

Karen actually lists only 7 ways but references a post by Richard Thomas on LitReactor that does list all 15.

Still, there are many other ways to tell a story and I’m hoping some of the writers that read this blog will talk about a few in the Comments :-)

I’ll list those 15 here but direct you to Richard’s post for his descriptions.

1. VIGNETTE

2. SLICE OF LIFE

3. LIST

4. EPISTOLARY

5. ALL DIALOGUE

6. CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH

7. METAFICTION

8. SECOND PERSON

9. UNUSUAL POINT OF VIEW

10. LENGTH

11. RASHOMON

12. UNRELIABLE NARRATOR

13. REVERSE CHRONOLOGY

14. FOOTNOTES

15. STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Now, I’ll put part of Richard’s Conclusion here but, do, go over to that link at LitReactor and read his descriptions

“IN CONCLUSION

“The bottom line is that you don’t want whatever form you use to come off as a gimmick. It has to serve the story, and in a way that adds to the narrative, and still fulfills the job of a traditional linear or modular story.”

Do, please, check out Richard’s post :-)
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