I am about to start a novel, however, I'm a bit hung up on a certain issue. I want the story to be told in first person from the point of view of the main character, but there are many ways I can go about doing this, and I can't decide which one to use. I want my story to be told through a believable medium, by which I mean journal entries or autobiography or something else along those lines. I don't want the story to be simply presented to the reader without any explanation as to why the main character is telling it. That is pretty clear to me, but the problem is that most realistic mediums rarely give word-for-word accounts of conversations. I think "He approached me and told me to follow him." is much less appealing than "He approached me and said, 'Come with me, Tom. I'll show you what I mean.'" I think true quotes add a lot more humanity to the characters, and allow the reader to get to know them better. The problem is that people rarely remember this much detail when recounting events, unless they are writing it while the conversation is taking place, which I doubt would work anyway. How should I go about believably including accurate recounts of conversations? I am also very torn as to what medium to use. A journal would provide a good means of displaying how the main character is feeling as the events are unfolding. On the other hand, the plot might become a bit too fragmented, as entries are generally much shorter than your standard chapter. An autobiography would solve the fragmentation problem, however, it might also move too slowly and concern itself too deeply with the character's personal backstory at the expense of the actual plot. It also won't help with the quoting issue. There are other possibilities too, but most mediums I can think of present the same problems. What do you think the best medium would be for my purposes? One more thing: I am considering alternating between two narrators over the course of the novel. I might not do this, but its a possibility. If I do use this method, each of the main character's narrations will be done through separate books that exist within the fictional universe of the novel. The novel itself, of course, will remain one book which includes these two works. The easiest method would be to change narrators every other chapter, but I was considering the much more unconventional method of devoting the entire first half of the novel to one character and the second half to the other. Would that method be worth it, or would it be too gimmicky and unnecessarily demanding? Would I simply be better advised to stick to one main character? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.