Narrative nonfiction is a term used to describe true stories written in novel format. Like any novel, narrative nonfiction books need, among other things, a strong story arc and a protagonist (or narrative persona) the readers can follow and relate to.
In fact, as Kristina Stanley says in her article, What is Narrative Non-Fiction, “A clear protagonist is key to a successful [narrative non-fiction] story.”
This protagonist must have a clear story goal, and something needs to be at stake.
So, how does an author convey the story, stakes, and emotion of a protagonist in a nonfiction narrative?
This is where creating a narrative persona comes in.