I recently read a few books that took an untraditional methods in storytelling. Elizabeth Acevedo decided to write The Poet X was told in using poetry. It was a unique way to tell the story of a female poet. Although it was told through poetry, the story was seamless and felt more like prose.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson used a linear storyline to tell the tale of a teenaged girl who’s best friend goes missing. By shifting from the present to the past, Jackson helps us feel what Claudia was going through as she remembers her past relationship with her missing friend while dealing with the fact that her best friend has disappeared.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, is told with a linear storyline but it has several point of views- Natasha and Daniel’s stories are in first person and third person point of view with used to tell the stories of secondary characters.
When writing your stories try a new way of telling your story. This will help make your stories more interesting and really stand out.
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