Carsun1000, thanks for the advice. I've already tried writing both styles. Still can't decide. izzybot, I'll check out that thread. Thanks. mad_hatter, have you ever read H.P. Lovecraft? He does this a few times. The narrator will be someone in a mental institute, for example, writing about how he got there. He will make it clear at the start that he is writing from after the events he is about to tell you. Often the narrator will then tell you how he discovered a mysterious and forbidden book. The majority of the story is now the words of this book, which may contain another account of another character's point of view. So, after reading the mysterious and forbidden book the narrator will then tell the reader how it affected him, and of the mysterious monsters he sees in the shadows and how he has been driven mad by all this. So you have the narrator recounting an account from a book and telling you how it affected him. Something like that. Lovecraft's not the easiest author to read. EDIT: From Wikipedia: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at one point features the narration of an Arctic explorer, who records the narration of Victor Frankenstein, who recounts the narration of his creation, who narrates the story of a cabin dwelling family he secretly observes. A more well-known story that uses story within a story on mulitple layers.