Can i insert diaries in a novel narrated by 3rd person narrator style?

by marwan

Question: Good morning. I am writing my first novel and I have a technical question. I am writing the novel in a third person narrator style and I was asking if I can insert some of the diaries of the primary character in the novel to clarify some internal thoughts inside the mind of the character. thanks for your time

Answer Have you renewed your poetic license recently? If not, I'll do it for you here and now.

There, that's done.

You are now licensed to the free expression of your imagination in works of language, and can certainly insert sections of a fictional character's diary into a novel.

Very clever way of temporarily switching to the intimacy of first person narration within an otherwise 3rd person frame.

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Jun 12, 2012
thanks a lot for the reply
by: marwan

thanks a lot Glen for your valuable reply that helped me a lot , I really appreciate that too much .
sorry about my ignorance Glen But I don't know what is the (poetic licence) ,
thanks for your time , I wish you a beautiful day ..

Jun 24, 2012
by: Glen

"Poetic license" simply refers to a poet's (or writer's) freedom to use their creativity. It's your freedom to break a few rules or change historic facts for the sake of making a better story.

It was just my feeble attempt at humour.

Nov 24, 2012
Diaries - Epistolary Form
by: James Coons

I have been working on a short Science Fiction story (my first) based around actual places (names have been changed). I created a genealogy of the people that I might eventually use, so that I could refer to them realistically. Also, I found the stories of an actual Victorian Mansion and used many of the details to make the story more realistic. I would suggest checking Wikipedia for Epistolary Form (see original Dracula and Frankenstein texts), I decided to let my various characters from 1800-2100 tell their stories via diary entries, thereby connecting the plot over the centuries. Each person, therefore, writes in first person.

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