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Key Literary Elements

A quick tour of some of the most important ways that readers think about fiction.
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David Keck

on 27 October 2014

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Key Literary Elements
Four important ways that readers think about story...
Authors work hard to create interesting characters that readers can connect with.
Characters can be sympathetic.
Characters also have motivations.
Characters learn & change.
The setting is the world of the story.
Setting can change the characters' lives.
Settings can be realistic, unrealistic or completely unreal.
Settings can teach you about the other times and places.
Plot
Character
Theme
Setting
Theme is a big issue at the heart of a story.
If a story has a message, that's the theme.
If a character learns something in a story, it's about the them.
finding yourself, friendship, fitting in, handling death, immigration, racism, hopeless love, family, addiction, abuse, power, surviving, greed, courage, loneliness, hope, etc..
Plot = Story or storyline.
Plots can be realistic or unrealistic.
Plots can be surprising and full of twists or they can be predictable .
Plots can have suspense.
They can move at a quick pace or be very slow.
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