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  • Narrative Writing and the Elements of Plot
    Unit 1: Tell Your Story
  • I. What is a Narrative?
    Narrative: a piece of writing that tells of a related series of events (a story)
    Narratives are NOT only fiction.
    All narratives contain characters, conflict, and plot.
  • II. What are Characters?
    Characters: The people/actors in a story.
  • 1. Protagonist
    The “good guy” (the Main Character)
    The plot revolves around this character
    Faces conflict
  • 2. Antagonist
    The “bad guy”
    Causes problems for the protagonist
    Creates conflict
  • III. What is Conflict
    Conflict: The struggle between opposing characters or forces; Problems
  • 1. External Conflict
    Clash between a character and an outside force – with another person, object, or entity.
    Man vs. Man
    Man vs. Nature
    And many others…
  • 2. Internal Conflict
    A struggle within a character’s mind
    Man vs. Self
  • IV. What is Plot?
    Plot: The series of events that occurs in the story
    There are seven (7) elements of plot.
    Freytag’s Pyramid helps us remember the elements of plot and the order they usually go in.
  • Freytag’s Pyramid
  • V. Elements of Plot
    1. Exposition: introduces the setting, characters, and any necessary background
  • V. Elements of Plot
    2. Inciting Moment/Incident: An event occurs that initiates the main action and begins the conflict in the story.
    3. Rising Action: Presents complications that intensify the conflict; builds suspense as we wonder what the outcome will be.
    4. Climax: The turning point in the story and the moment of greatest suspense
  • V. Elements of Plot
    5. Falling Action: The events that occur as a result of the climax, but before the problem created in the inciting moment has been resolved.
    6. Resolution: The main problem created by the inciting moment/incident is solved.
  • V. Elements of Plot
    7. Denouement: The “where are they now.” The author ties up any loose ends and answers any remaining questions.
  • VI. Types of Plot
    1. Linear Plot: Goes in chronological order – the events are told in the order in which they happened (Goes in order of Freytag’s Pyramid without deviation)
  • VI. Types of Plot
    2. Non-Linear Plot: Events are NOT revealed in the order that they occurred, but in some other order that the writer chooses
    Flashback: a scene within the story that interrupts the sequence of events to reveal something that happened at an earlier time
    Foreshadowing: hints or clues early on that suggest things that will happen later in the story