Narrated by famed British actor Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George; Sherlock), Discovery Family Channel will air two specials based on MEERKAT MANOR, the critically acclaimed ANIMAL Planet tale of the Whiskers Mob that became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. Featuring entirely new narration inspired by ITV (UK) and PBS’ smash-hit British period drama, packaged with reversioned footage from the series’ first two seasons, MEERKAT MANOR: THE MONARCHY BEGINS and MEERKAT MANOR: THE MONARCHY UNDER ATTACK will air on subsequent Tuesdays beginning June 2 at 8 ET/7 CT.

The character who is an unreliable narrator can be one of the most powerful tools available to a writer. The unreliability may be obvious to the reader throughout the novel, may be revealed gradually or may come as a single revelation that results in a major plot twist.

An unreliable narrator is a character who tells the readers a story that the reader cannot take at face value. This may be because the point of view character is insane, lying, deluded or for any number of other reasons.

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comealongpixie asked:

Hi! Do you have any advice for trying to write two stories at once, past and present? Not like flashbacks, but you sort of start at one point and then throughout the story you reveal what has happened up to that point as well as what happens next. I've done a lot of searching but all that comes up is advice on past vs. present tense, which is not what I'm looking for.

I’m doing the exact same thing for my July NaNoWriMo project (because I can’t do anything easy, ever), and I’ve been hammering away at how to do this for a few weeks. That doesn’t make me an expert, but here’s my advice.

  • Timeline EVERYTHING. You’re going to need timelines galore, more than one, so that you can compare past and present to each other. Make at least one total time, split your two stories into separate timelines, and finally it might be a good idea to create a timeline where you mix the events together in how you want to write them (post-it notes might be best for this, you’re going to be moving things around a lot).
  • Look for matching highs and lows. I am definitely going to do more work on this, but you need to make sure your cuts back and forth in time match up in terms of tone, intent, and events. You don’t want to cut off a cliffhanger and spend the next fifty pages relating a rather calm hang-out with friends. Matching the events together keeps the action flowing.
  • Colored pens are your friend. Keep track of events, characters, past and present action by using designated colors. Be consistent, or you’ll confuse yourself!
  • Consider limiting your viewpoints. Multiple points of view combined with going back and forth in time is going to be confusing for you; your readers will have even more of a tough time with it. Consider choosing a few narrators (I have two main ones, two minor ones). They’ll be an anchor for your readers to easily understand who is conveying what and when.
  • Break it down to scenes, not chapters. I guarantee you’ll have to shift about how the story is told in your later drafts. Split things up by scenes to easily shift them around. You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Flashcards are also your friends. Shuffling scenes, characters, tone, and setting are super easy to do with flashcards. If you’re working with time, believe me, you will need them.

That’s the prep side of things. Now let’s consider the actual story side of things:

  • Figure out how the past and present connect. In my story, it revolves around the fate of one person who connects both narrations together. Tying these stories together ahead of time will help you figure out how to reveal that to the reader.
  • Your main character(s) are essential. This is true for any story, but if the reader is going to be time-jumping, they need reasons to care equally for both past and present stories. Your characters are the key to that. Time jumping is, on the surface, a gimmick; the story that goes with it will be the true seller.
  • Tell time via setting. How has the present changed from the past? What do the characters now have or don’t have that’s different? It’s amazing how things change in just ten years. Don’t neglect that part of the story!
  • Figure out why the story has to be told this way. I mentioned that time jumping is a gimmick, and that’s because it is. If there’s no reason the story has to be told this way, you risk irritating the reader with this trick rather than fascinating them. With my story, it’s essential to explaining a present problem that was created by the past, and to show how the connecting figure plays a part in both. There are numerous reasons why you’d use this to tell a story, but make sure it’s an important element of the story.

anonymous asked:

I've researched unreliable narrator, but every website I find tells me what an unreliable narrator is, not how your write an unreliable narrator. Do you just outright lie in the story? I'm so confused.

It’s not an outright lie.

  • First Person: To write an unreliable narrator, use first person. You can use a third person POV if the narrator has a unique voice and if it’s clear that the narrator is a person whether they’re a character or not (like in A Series of Unfortunate Events). Either way, the narrator believes that what they are narrating is the truth. If third person is used, the “you can’t always trust/believe what you see” trick is used.
  • Exaggerate, Withhold: Unreliable narrators exaggerate events and withhold information. Holden Caulfield’s mental state affects the way he sees the world in The Catcher in the Rye, and thus his descriptions of the events in the book come off as a bit odd. When an unreliable narrator withholds information, it’s not like when a character refuses to give up important information until the right moment to create suspense. It’s when the narrator leaves out bits and pieces because they don’t fit the exaggerated view.
  • Vilify: Unreliable narrators vilify anyone who challenges their point of view. If a character comes along and their behavior or dialogue is about to make the narrator seem like a liar or if this character will create plot holes, the narrator will make them seem like an antagonist by exaggerating and withholding information. It’s like when you hate a person for no reason, but you try to find any reason you can to justify that hate.
  • Other Characters: Use other characters to show that your narrator is unreliable. Your narrator might exaggerate about a certain character, only to have the presence of this character and their actions prove what the narrator said to be wrong. Create trustworthy characters to show how your character is unreliable.
  • Dialogue: What your character says to other characters can reveal that they are unreliable. If they constantly lie to other characters, the reader might relate this to their narration. Other times, your character can say something they believe is true only to have other characters look at them funny or correct them.
  • Bias: All narrators are biased and unreliable to an extent, but unreliable narrators take this further and often refuse to see the world from another character’s viewpoint. They use their morals and values to judge and explain the actions of others. This creates an unreliable narration of other characters.

TV Tropes: Unreliable Narrator (includes examples)

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“To one day ride into the atmosphere on a gigantic space alien dick, orbiting the globe so quickly I dont burn up in the atmosphere, and colliding into an incredibly attractive and foxy millionaire on my return trip back to planet earth. We then eat lobster and kiss on the bus ride home. Did I say bus ride? I meant private jet, she’s a millionaire remember asshole? Turns out she has a private arcade with i giant glass waterslide that winds around her entire mansion, we never wear clothes. the end.”

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Lore based off of the Popular Horror Game Five Nights at Freddy’s put into Audio Drama Form by GoldC01n

“The Freddy Fazbear Band”
“The Bite of 87”
“The New Addition”

Freddy - MrCreepyPasta
Bonnie -CreepyPastaJr
Chica - KittenReadsHorror
Foxy - WellHeyProductions
Little Girl - DeadJosey
Mother - CreepyRainbowPasta
Manager - LitterbotTells
Gordon - Hootey of Vinesauce

Here’s a list of my favourite creepypasta stories by my favourite narrators. If you’re new to creepypasta, or not, I’d recommend giving these a listen. In no particular order

1. “Anasi’s Goatman Story” narrated by MrCreepyPasta

2. “It Has No Face” narrated by CreepyPastaJr

3. “The House With Painted Doors” narrated by CreepsMcPasta

4. “Mr. Tickletwist” narrated and written by ProfessorCreep

5. “Tailypo” narrated by Otis Jiry

6. “Where The Bad Souls Go” narrated and written by Daniel M. Hill

7. “The Crawling Man” narrated by NaturesTemper

8. “The Sneak” narrated by That Creepy Reading

9. “High Beams” narrated by Ace of Scares

10. “The Pursuit Institute” narrated and written by Scary Story Time with Liam

Gotta Watch ‘Em All

or listen to them…. Pokemon creepypastas!

“Pokemon Dead Channel” narrated by thatcreepyreading written by WarriorKloneomon

Ash’s Coma Theory” narrated by creepsmcpasta

Pokemon: Creepy Black” narrated by creepypastajr

Axe, Candle, Rope” narrated by KingSpook

I am Not a Clone” narrated by DeadPasta

Devolution” narrated by naturestemper

Pokemon Buried Alive Model” narrated by ProfessorCreep

Nurse Joy” narrated by The Lurking Shadows Brotherhood

The Lavender Town Syndrome” narrated by TheCreepyMessenger

Jessica” narrated by thecreepydark

Hypno’s Lullaby” narrated by Moosedup Narrations

Pokemon: Lost Silver” narrated by themrcreepypasta

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Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which a person, either when falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move. It is a transitional state between wakefulness and sleep characterized by complete muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It is often associated with terrifying visions, such as an intruder in the room, to which one is unable to react due to paralysis, from which the term “nightmare” is derived.

Good night.

I am on the look out for more creepypasta and horror story narrators to subscribe to on youtube. I usually browse around creepypastanetwork but it’s down atm. 

So here is a list of who I am subscribed to already that have posted a video in the last month, and if you have anyone to suggest please do. Also, check out some of these narrators and maybe subscribe to them.

NaturesTemper

CreepsMcPasta

Scary Story Time With Liam

Sociopathic-Pasta

Mr. Nightmare

Otis Jiry

CreepyPastaJr

Chilling Tales For Dark Nights

PalmzoCreepyPasta

Daniel M. Hill

ProfessorCreep

CreepyCandle

That Creepy Reading

Ace of Scares

TheCreepyRealms

TheCreepsWork

MapleCreepyPasta

TheHauntedReader

TCPW

DimensionBucket

DeadPasta

ThatCreepyGuy

Lupus Creepus

TheCreepyDark

Soliloquy Man

WellHeyProductions

CreepyAsPasta

Slender Colt

Plague Pasta

Pasta Asylum

DeadJosey

GettinSpooky

Jeff Clement

KingSpook

Barnabas Deimos

darkunicorn999

JJs Pasta

Andy Does VoiceOver

Dead Palette

Moosedup Narrations

TheCreepyMessenger

CreepyPastaReads

CreepyPasta Raven

DarkPastaNarrations

Master Creep Theatre

MrCreepyPasta

Creepy Pasta III

CreepReads

MissShadowLovely