I'm having trouble finding out how to present first-person narrative action to the reader. How does one go about doing this? For example, if I wanted my preface to read something like this: 'Knock, knock! Aww, I hope I didn't scare you! My name is Jake, and I'm about to tell you the story of my lifetime up until now. I'm going to rock your world. There won't be any clichés, because I really hate those. It's nothing you could ever imagine happening to a teenager.' That's just a sample I came up with on a whim. I would like to present the 'Knock, knock' in a physical form, and not the narrator "speaking" to the reader. Common sense has told me not to use asterisks, like that of an IM message. I've written non-fiction my entire life. My agent recently got me a "deal" to write a coming-of-age novel. I've had one planned for years, but never wrote it up. Now I'm stuck at the preface. It's sad, isn't it? Well, I hope you guys can help me, because I would very much appreciate all the help I can get. Thank you, Sokay P.S. Please excuse any errors I've made in this post. I haven't slept in nearly 24 hours and I'm prone to making mistakes with such low levels of concentration!