This is the beginning of a six thousand word essay/paper titled Seven Aspects of Viewpoint I wrote on the troubles with narrative voice. In it, I tried to work out a better set of definitions and delineations.
I talk about stream of consciousness, free indirect speech, dialog, and the unreliable narrator; explain what other people have had to say about narrative voice over the last one hundred plus years; and then argue why these ideas need to be revised and sharpened.
I thought about posting the whole thing here, for want of a more appropriate forum, but it was just too long for a blog. Plus, I want to know what you think: does narrative voice, what I’m calling viewpoint, give you any trouble?