G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTION




The Elements of Fiction

Style
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN




Style ::
Can be loosely conceived as applying to
everything in a story—...
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN




Style is a writer’s technical handling
of all aspects of language
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Style includes diction ::

The kinds of words a writer uses
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN




Style includes syntax ::

How a writer combines words into sentences
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
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Style includes organization ::

How a writer groups sentences and passa...
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                    Hemingway      Kincaid       Wallace

    Words                  1,459   ...
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
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Style also includes

• Rhythm and sound—the writer’s use of
   language...
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN




Diction, syntax, organization, rhythm and sound,
and tone constitute th...
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN



Style also embraces those aspects of language that
extend and magnify th...
G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION
AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN




A final note ::

Point of view and dialogue can radically alter a
write...
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Elements of Fiction: Style

  1. 1. G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTION The Elements of Fiction Style
  2. 2. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style :: Can be loosely conceived as applying to everything in a story—for everything in it involves the writer’s use of language—but…for our purposes, we’ll say…
  3. 3. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style is a writer’s technical handling of all aspects of language
  4. 4. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style includes diction :: The kinds of words a writer uses
  5. 5. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style includes syntax :: How a writer combines words into sentences
  6. 6. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style includes organization :: How a writer groups sentences and passages (into paragraphs, for example) and makes them cohere more or cohere less
  7. 7. G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTION Hemingway Kincaid Wallace Words 1,459 673 1,125 Sentences 183 1 9 Avg./ 8 673 125 Sentence Paragraphs 110 1 1
  8. 8. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style also includes • Rhythm and sound—the writer’s use of language’s auditory appeals, i.e., its “music,” or poetry • Tone—the author’s attitude toward his or her subject matter
  9. 9. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Diction, syntax, organization, rhythm and sound, and tone constitute the author’s voice, which Charters defines as “the total effect of the author’s rhetorical and stylistic choices.”
  10. 10. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN Style also embraces those aspects of language that extend and magnify the impact and significance of language • Imagery—the use of words that give a concrete representation of a sensory experience or an object that is perceived by the senses • Symbolism—the use of an image, plot event, or character to suggest an abstract meaning in addition to its literal significance
  11. 11. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTION AR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGN A final note :: Point of view and dialogue can radically alter a writer’s style: S/he may be creating a narrative voice that reflects the style of the speaker.
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