Quotes on First Person Narrative

First person narrative is a very effective tool but you have to know as a writer how to make it work. James Mcbride

Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time. Swami Satchidananda

Everything is a narrative in life. I learned that early on as a reporter at the Washington Post. Kara Swisher

Jung Chang was the first person to tell a grand historical, political story through a personal narrative. Aminatta Forna

When you're the first person whose beliefs are different from what everyone else believes, you're basically saying, "I'm right, and everyone else is wrong." That's a very unpleasant position to be in. It's at once exhilarating and at the same time an invitation to be attacked. Larry Ellison

There is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear, and almost everyone has hours when he would gladly exchange it for any kind of sociability, however trivial or cheap, for the tiniest outward agreement with the first person who comes along.... Rainer Maria Rilke

I almost always urge people to write in the first person. ... Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it. William Zinsser

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. Katharine Weber

Growing up, I mostly read comic books and sci-fi. Then I discovered the book 'Jane Eyre' by Jane Austen. It introduced me to the world of romance, which I have since never left. Also, the world of the first-person narrative. Meg Cabot

Because I write fiction, I don't write autobiography, and to me they are very different things. The first-person narrative is a very intimate thing, but you are not addressing other people as 'I' - you are inhabiting that 'I.' Kate Atkinson

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. Kristen Stewart

I have been suspected of being what is called a Fundamentalist. That is because I never regard any narrative as unhistorical simply on the ground that it includes the miraculous. C S Lewis

A player who conjugates a verb in the first person singular cannot be part of the squad, he has to conjugate the verb in the first person plural. We. We want to conquer. We are going to conquer. Using the word I when you're in a group makes things complicated. Vanderlei Luxemburgo

My god is narrative filmmaking. Darren Aronofsky

There was a hidden narrative I felt we could get into, It's about an accessible world. Family and relationships are accessible subjects. John Madden

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. John Boyne

Don't be fearful about the journey ahead; don't worry about where you are going or how you are going to get there. If you believe in the first person of the Trinity, God the Father, also believe in the second person of the Trinity, the one who came as the Light of the World, not only to die for people, but to light the way... This one, Jesus Christ, is himself the Light and will guide your footsteps along the way. Edith Schaeffer

It`s the nature of cable news that we [TV hosts] do a lot of clipping and quoting of other broadcasts and outlets, sometimes to make a narrative point, sometimes to make a political one, and sometimes just to make a joke. Chris Hayes

I feel like in a conversation if things get said and then repeated, it sort of becomes inherently part of the narrative whether you want it to be or not. Panda Bear

Architectural and product designs have a narrative capacity - you can start to tell a story about them and imagine a lot of things. Michael Graves

Do first things first, and second things not at all. Peter Drucker

The first person you have to resurrect is yourself RZA

Elvis was the first person in music that I really identified with. Cher

The first person you lead is you. John C Maxwell

I actually am always a music first person Duncan Sheik

Jeremy Popkin's collection of first-person narratives of the Haitian Revolution is an extremely valuable work, accessible, sound and intelligent. I only wish such a book had been available fifteen years ago when I was in the early stages of researching my series of novels. Popkin has been deft and tactful in stitching together these excerpts, and as a result, he manages to tell a complete version of the Revolution almost entirely in the words of the people who experienced it-this book engaged me deeply. Madison Smartt Bell

I think a lot of artists no longer want to participate in or be associated with narrative because of its corruptedness in contemporary culture. Rachel Cusk

I think we're always in the process of writing and rewriting the story of our lives, forming our experiences into a narrative that makes sense. Much of that work involves demythologizing family myths and cultural myths - getting free of what we have been told about ourselves. Sam Keen

We are opinionated society. We're very happy to spout forth our own views; we're not good about listening. We have to listen to other's stories. Learn to listen to the stories of the terrorists just as we hope that they will listen to ours because very often these narratives express frustrations, fears, and anxieties that most societies can safely ignore. Karen Armstrong

I've always felt that no one understands why some books of non-fiction endure and some don't, because there's not much understanding among many non-fiction writers that the narrative is terribly important. Robert Caro

The comics medium has some unusual features that do make it very different, in that it's combining a verbal narrative with a visual one that allows for much richer possibilities of transmitting information. Alan Moore

I just hope this [Emmy] is now a part of the status quo that women of color are included in the narratives that continue to write lead roles for us. Viola Davis

Traditionally games never used professional writers to create their narrative, so there's definitely a residual feeling that hiring a proper writer is somewhat of a luxury, rather than a necessity. Like a feng shui consultant. Rhianna Pratchett

The urge to create a fictional narrative is a mysterious one, and when an idea comes, the writer's sense of what a story wants to be is only vaguely visible through the penumbra of inspiration. Adam Johnson

What fiction and art can do, particularly narrative art, is construct consciousness - in a sense, we have to do it for the first time, every time. Aleksandar Hemon

You love simply because you cannot help it. Kim Anderson

I have an interest in making first-person games, Fumito Ueda

I speak to the paper, as I speak to the first person I meet. Michel De Montaigne

The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that. Marc Parent

Matt Hock was the first person who showed me how much fun and how cool it can be to be a Christian, Aaron Rodgers

After Versace was murdered, the first person to call me was Mandela. Naomi Campbell

I was the first person to go to university from my family. Ellie Goulding

I'm not interested in being perfect when im older. Im interested in having a narrative. It's the narrative that's really the most beautiful thing about women. Jodie Foster

For me, the main inspiration to write a story or novel is the voice of its central character, or the narrative voice of the story itself. Scott Bradfield

European children are educated in a narrative of human tolerance every day, and if you want to be sure to prevent a backlash, you should at least think of bringing Muslim children and teenagers into the fold of that narrative of tolerance. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The very act of story-telling, of arranging memory and invention according to the structure of the narrative, is by definition holy. We tell stories because we can't help it. We tell stories because we love to entertain and hope to edify. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us. James Carroll

Terror is now the world narrative, unquestionably. When those two buildings were struck, and when they collapsed, it was, in effect, an extraordinary blow to consciousness, and it changed everything. Don Delillo

I think that you can treat a classic like a museum piece -stuffed and mounted- or you can make it a living, breathing narrative that is unfolding right then and there. Peter Jackson

It's rather useless to write a gripping narrative with nothing in it but climate change because novels are always about people even if they purport to be about rabbits or robots. Margaret Atwood

Narrative and characters have always interested me. I never tried to alienate an audience. Of course, gradually, I wanted a bigger and bigger space to draw people in, so it's very organic. Miranda July

It would be great to bust through and make history. But what's more important is the opportunity to continue to get roles that are complicated and wonderful, to be a part of the narrative and to get to do what our counterparts are able to do. It doesn't just stop at holding an award. Viola Davis

I always write too long in the beginning, then it is a matter of going through it over and over again on subsequent drafts, looking for anything that slows down the narrative. It can be hard, cutting out parts I love, but I try to make the book as tight as possible so that the reader doesn't get bored. Chevy Stevens

We have to understand ourselves as a part of the narrative of evolution. And evolution never stops. The notion that human evolution at some point stopped and "history" took over is absurd, though it is widespread among various social scientists and humanists. Robert Neelly Bellah

In food, issues that surround purchasing and that whole realm have a very political component and they branch into stories that can be really compelling. Just being on the farm, interacting with all these people in the industry, leads to personal narratives that can be used to make a larger point. Dan Barber

I love telling stories. And even in single images, I tend to have stories inside them. I've always loved film, but I was making drawings and paintings and photographs. And you put art and narrative together, and that really is comics. Dave McKean

You could easily spend several lifetimes trying to master film. It make very good use of all the things that I love. Narrative, image-making, also sound and music. It's so full that I can't really imagine getting tired of it. Or getting to the point like I feel like I know it. Dave McKean

My writing has always been what you call 'narrative fiction' in the sense that it's got very strong plots and twists at the end. Anthony Horowitz

The longer you're with the wrong person, you could be completely overlooking the chance to meet the right person. Taylor Swift

Treat everyone you meet as though they are the most important person you'll meet that day. Roger Dawson

I`m not a morning person Laurell K Hamilton

A narrative voice with conviction is often hard to find. But not in baseball. The minors teach two lost American arts: how to chew tobacco and how to tell a story. Thomas Boswell

Great persons are able to do great kindnesses. Miguel De Cervantes

Courtesy is the politic witchery of great personages. Baltasar Gracian

The more you do, the more you can do. William Hazlitt

Only a bad person needs to repent: only a good person can repent perfectly. C S Lewis

I'm very comfortable writing in the first person; it dives into the character in a way that's difficult if you're writing in the third person. Patti Davis

I'm not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I won't be the last. And it won't be the last for me, either. If you don't like it, change the channel. Carrie Underwood

I know that the first person I kissed won't be nearly as important as the last person I kiss. Jodi Picoult

We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. Henry David Thoreau

Coming in second place just means you were the first person to lose.... Jeff Hawkins

My father was an innovator. He's the first person who sang and set Rumi's poetry into music 35 years, 40 years ago. Hafez Nazeri

I think every first-person narrator in a novel should be compromised. I prefer that word to unreliable. Charles Palliser

If you want to be a leader, the first person you have to lead is yourself. Mike Scioscia

Everyone is interesting except the narrator in a first-person story. William Kennedy

Houllier did what he had to do - I'm not the first person to be treated like a disposable commodity Robbie Fowler

I write in the first person because I have always wanted to make my life more interesting than it was. Diane Wakoski

I was Patient Zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet. Monica Lewinsky

First person to appreciate the good points of others is always special in life as he or she manifests his or her leadership through initiatives. Anuj

I'm more of a fan of combat games than first-person shooters. Lights

Good old Pete. That's me. But I find it hard to think of myself in the first person when I'm writing about The Who. So many times he has willingly sat down to write about the good old Who. Isn't he too old to masturbate? Pete Townshend



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