Being new to writing narratives, I have a query in mind. In one particular scene, I want to show that my main character is narrating a story to the crowd. How can I accomplish this?

I am unable to ensure a smooth flow because it seems eerie that a character is narrating another story in a narrative. I will be glad if anyone could help resolve my issue.

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    Are you planning to tell the story uninterrupted (in one long monologue), or would audience reactions or the narrator's thoughts be an option? – Llewellyn Nov 25 '20 at 19:49
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    @Llewellyn I am planning to include audience reactions and continue the narrative with other explanations. – vanillasucceeds Nov 25 '20 at 20:06
  • Can you be more specific about what exactly you're struggling with? I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'it seems eerie' in this context – DM_with_secrets Nov 26 '20 at 0:30
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I would probably use the time for the characters to talk about your character narrating the story. This gives the reader time to prepare for bigger narration. You can also try and mention this earlier on, which tells the reader that this large narration within a narration is coming.

Another method might also be your character doing preparatory things, such as filling up his drink, adjusting his seating, standing, taking in a deep breath, etc. I might even use both.

  • Thank you very much! Your contribution has absolutely helped me fix my narrative. – vanillasucceeds Nov 27 '20 at 20:57
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