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Incorporated Narrative Conventions in Creative Writing and S

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Transcript of Incorporated Narrative Conventions in Creative Writing and S

Types of Narrative Conventions
Point of view (POV)
Plot - structure
Narrative Conventions are used in written pieces to tell a story to a reader. They help us understand a message/theme and then link it back into our own lives.
By using narrative conventions a writer is able to grab the reader's attention and indulge them into the story.
Narrative means to tell a story or in other words a spoken or written account of something.
Convention means normal, or the rule of something, it also means an accepted way of doing something.
Together they are what we usually see in a story
Why Narrative Conventions are Incorporated in Writing
How Narrative Conventions Effect the Story & the Characters
Narrative conventions effect the story by using the four golden rules of a story, this is the techniques of characterisation, setting, plot and point of view. All these contribute to the making of a story, without these there would be no story at all.
Narrative conventions effect the characters by making them who they are, what they are, where they come from, their personalities, their differences and their goals/drive in the story.
Without narrative conventions the story would not even be a story and the characters would all have the same dull, unmotivated persona.
I pass by a house with a white picket fence
and I spot a little kid who's standing on the sidewalk and he watches me go by and
I wave to him because he looks lonesome
and he waves back."
In this one sentence from page two of 'I am the Cheese', written by Robert Cormier, we see the use of two different narrative conventions, setting and characterisation. The use of these two narrative conventions put us in the scene and helps us know more about our main character.
How to Spot Narrative Conventions in Short Stories & use them in Creative Writing
Narrative conventions are easy to spot within any story or text. If the author has done a good job on the book/story/text, we should be able to spot at least two different narrative conventions on one page.
For example, if we were looking for characterisation in any text/story we look for something that describes a character's speech, appearance, actions and other charters reactions to this character, or look for a sentence or word that describes their personality. Though most of the time these are not as straight forward as we may think or like, sometimes they are hidden in the text itself, we just need to find them. This mean they are not always in plain words such as - "I'd love to make friends, but I am shy ".
By Xanthe Pienaar
Incorporated Narrative Conventions in Creative Writing and Short Stories
There are many ways to use narrative conventions in our own creative writing. Though we use it most to all the time, without even thinking about it. To use narrative conventions such as setting, all we need to do is describe it (this also complies to a few other narrative conventions). Now I'm not saying you have to write one-two pages on one description, a description can also be brief, yet detailed, but be careful too much detail can make a reader feel as though they are not getting anywhere with the story. I think we all went through that with the first quarter of 'I am the Cheese'
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