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    Names of Narrative Techniques

    I employ some narrative techniques I do not know the names for.

    We all know what a flashback is.

    But what about a flash forward where the author reveals certain details out of sequence? Does that have another name?

    What about where an author pretends his opus is the autobiography of another? In other words, that is the fictional premise going on. There must be a name for that.

    There were a few websites of lists of narrative techniques, but nothing was helpful.

    I noticed some techniques with fancy French or Italian names.

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    Are you referring to foreshadowing???
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    Foreshadowing is flash-forward, nice one RT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desiresjab View Post
    I employ some narrative techniques I do not know the names for.

    We all know what a flashback is.

    But what about a flash forward where the author reveals certain details out of sequence? Does that have another name?

    What about where an author pretends his opus is the autobiography of another? In other words, that is the fictional premise going on. There must be a name for that.

    There were a few websites of lists of narrative techniques, but nothing was helpful.

    I noticed some techniques with fancy French or Italian names.
    I do not know if this link can help or not.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...es#Perspective
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    Quote Originally Posted by desiresjab View Post
    I employ some narrative techniques I do not know the names for...
    What about where an author pretends his opus is the autobiography of another? In other words, that is the fictional premise going on. There must be a name for that.
    In this case you usually have a narrator in the first person which tells his/her autobiography. This narrative in first person may or may not be introduced by a narrator in third person. I don´t think that has a special name.
    One example:
    There is a novel by the Brazilian author Lima Barreto, which is an autobiography told by a character called Isaias Caminha.
    Lima Barreto introduces this novel by a prologue in the third person, as if he were the editor of Caminha´s novel.
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    You all are going to hate me. It is so simple. Fictional Autobiography. An author pretends to be a character (real or fictional) who is writing his autobiography.

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    Lol! Yes, of course! Well, good work DJ!
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    Oh boy, this brings me back to the old days of college. If you give me a second, I can dig up my books and give you seem very precise information to help you for the future. It would be my pleasure to help you, just give me a day or two I have to look around the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Terror View Post
    I do not know if this link can help or not.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...es#Perspective
    Brilliant LINK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonywalt View Post
    Brilliant LINK.
    Extensive all right. I knew more than half the entries, but the ones I didn't know came as total surprises. Like polyptoton.

    Breaking through the fourth wall was great. I never heard of it before now, but have seen it done in plays and novels.

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