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Writing fiction

The 5 Elements of Fiction

Plot

Character

Setting

Point of View

Style


Writing fiction

The 5 Elements of Fiction

Plot–

Character

Setting

Point of View

Style

the major events that move the action in the narrative, usually in cause-effect relation.


Writing fiction

The 5 Elements of Fiction

Plot

Character –

Setting

Point of View

Style

Person/people the story follows. Distinguish between flat and round characters.


Writing fiction

The 5 Elements of Fiction

Plot

Character

Setting –

Point of View

Style

Combo. Of place, historical time, culture, etc. that provides the general background for the characters and plot.


Writing fiction

The 5 Elements of Fiction

Plot

Character

Setting

Point of View –

Style

First, second, or third person. Third comes in limited and omniscient.


Writing fiction

The 5 Elements of Fiction

Plot

Character

Setting

Point of View

Style –

Author’s choice of diction (word choice), syntax (arrangement of words), & more.


Writing fiction

Plot

  • Kurt Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories


Writing fiction

Character

  • Flat Characters –

  • Round Characters

Two-dimensional characters that are relatively uncomplicated and do not change throughout the course of a work.


Writing fiction

Character

  • Flat Characters

  • Round Characters –

Complex characters who are complex and undergo development, sometimes to the surprise of the reader.


Writing fiction

Character

  • How to create round characters

    • Speech (dialect, accent, etc.)

    • Thoughts

    • Actions

    • Physical Appearance

    • Effect on other characters


Writing fiction

Setting

  • Historical Time

  • Geographic Location

  • Culture


Writing fiction

Point of View

  • First

  • Second

  • Third person (limited and omniscient)


Writing fiction

Style

  • Tone

  • Diction (word choice)

  • Syntax

    • Sentence

  • All of this creates the author’s VOICE


Writing fiction

Style

Style

  • The importance of body language:

  • Eye contact

  • Posture

  • Facial expressions

  • Proximity to others

  • Hands/Arms/Legs movement



Writing fiction

Writing Activity

Write a conversation in which none of the characters are speaking (i.e. NO DIALOGUE), focusing on their body language.