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The Hero’s Debate

One of the great distinctions between fiction and non-fiction, and the one that often gives a novel its most profound resonance, is (or is supposed to be) what I call the “Hero’s Debate,” the musings, questions and answers inside the narrator’s head.  It is hidden from the other characters and revealed to the reader.  If the book is told from a single point of view, only that character can carry on the debate–if the POV’s are multiple, each one is allowed to share his or her thoughts with the reader. Continue reading