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Danny woke up with a start. Something was tickling his nose. He opened his eyes and was surprised to find a small green fairy hovering right by his face.

“Hello,” said Danny, unsure of what he was seeing. “Where did you come from?”
“Ah,” said the fairy. “That is a question, isn’t it? Stella has come from far away, or maybe she has always been near, but you have never seen her before. Your mother has kept me hidden away, or so she thinks. Such a clever woman. A boy! She had a boy and such a beautiful boy. Stella could have fun with such a boy if he was willing…or maybe even if he’s not!”
Stella reached out towards Danny. There was a flash of silver and the world changed.

Experimenting with different narrator voices, a Gedankenexperiment

Today my inspirational tips go towards creating an original perspective, using different narrators. The voice of a different character causes a switch in perspective, bringing originality and movement to your story. How would a story sound if it would be told by, for example, a young child or an older person?

In my current WIP Novel I included some chapters from the point-of-view of the villain and it sounded different to have an obsessive controlling person as the narrator. It showed insight in his egocentric personality and view of the world and also helped to deepen the character, show some of his back story and the reasons behind him wanting to control everything. An example of a book where this is really well done is The Pillars of the World from Anne Bishop.  Many interesting sci-fi books I read had an alien as a narrator, and this a great way to show a glimpse into their world, culture and way of thinking.Another idea for fantasy or sci-fi would be to put the narrator in an altered state of consciousness, like dreaming or in a trance? In my WIP I included a scene where my main character, Anita, is in a trance. Tell me what is your opinion about it:”And then I realized that the surrounding realities were interconnected like a web. On this web all lines started on me and took me to different lives in different universes. I sat in the center of this web like a spider, seeing where all lines would take me. These lines of lives would interconnect at regular intervals even if time would make them to get more distant from each other. Between one life and another I would see the line connecting all my parallel lives and have all the understanding and all knowledge that would remain occult during my lifetimes. I wouldn’t be able to carry all the knowledge in a conscious way during my lifetimes because the multitude of different realities and points of view would madden me. Or at least would make me behave in a way others in my current reality would consider mad. But now, in the trance, in the full possession of my power I could see my web clearly. I could have remained there for eternity just watching that kaleidoscope of fights and emotions, but I forced myself to stop. My children need me. I thought. And this was more important than the ultimate power, more than the ultimate knowledge.”