Oh, Ellen Writing Styles in Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Oh, Ellen
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Point of View

Many of the stories in this collection make use of a first-person perspective, with the protagonist also acting as the narrator. This gives the stories direct and intimate qualities that would allow the intended youthful audience to better relate to the characters and plot points being described. Third person may feel too removed or adult, and the reader would lose the opportunity to directly interact with the unique perspectives of these characters.

First person narration also makes sense for works of short fiction. As they are more likely to focus on a single main character dealing with a specific event or issue, using the first person perspective allows the reader to be closer to the heart of the action.

One of the stories, “How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium,” utilizes the rare...

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