Tim O Brien's How To Tell A True War Story

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Every story has two things: an event, and a witness. Storytelling is, simply, a witness sharing an event with others who did not see it. The art of storytelling is a creative way to talk about an event with so much detail that the audience of the story comes close to perceiving what the witnesses perceived. A story can be told artistically from two points of view: first person and third person. A first person narrator tells the story of the event from the memory of a witness and third person narrator tells a story from an objective point of view of one who knows more about the characters than the characters themselves. First person is more vivid and third person is more reliable. The subjective point of view of the first person makes it easy for a writer to bring an event to life with a character’s feelings and thoughts.
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