The basic elements of a short story 072913


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A short story is a story that has a fully developed theme but is shorter and not as elaborate as a novel. It is brief yet concise. A short story focuses on a self-contained incident that evokes one single mood. However, a short story does not have a exact set length. There is no official number of words for a story to be considered a short one or a novel.

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The basic elements of a short story 072913

  1. 1. The Basic Elements of a Short Story
  2. 2. What is a short story?  Story that has a fully- developed theme  Short yet concise  No exact lengh; no official number of words to be a “short story”  Has five basic elements
  3. 3. What are the five basic elements?  Character  Setting  Plot  Conflict  Theme
  4. 4. Character  Can either be a person, an animal or anything that takes part in the story
  5. 5. Setting  Where and when a story happens.  Can be told by describing buildings, scener y, season, weathe r, etc.
  6. 6. Plot Series of events where character’s actions relate to the conflict
  7. 7. Conflict  Struggle between two people , things or characters in a story.  Main character is often one-sided.
  8. 8. Theme Central idea of the story What the story aims to teach or what the author believes in
  9. 9. Examples
  10. 10. Remember…  A story will not be a story without these elements.  These elements should always be present.  It will not be a story without these five elements.