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Narrative: Story Building

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Nick Calvin

on 6 November 2016

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Transcript of Narrative: Story Building

Narrative: Story Building
Exposition - An Entertaining Beginning
How are you going to '
hook
' your readers?
Exposition - Elaborative Detail
This section should be 3-4 sentences of pure imagery and description. Show not tell!

Use this section to describe:
critical setting, character, or object - anything that help draw the reader in and help the reader experience the fictional world through the
five senses
of the main character.
Don't make it mundane or boring! Bring the character and the setting to life!
Inciting Incident - Suspense
Every story needs a conflict - something the main character is trying to accomplish or overcome.

In this section, moves toward the main event by building suspense or a sense of anticipation. This might involve raising
worry
,
wonder
,
concern
, or
doubt
, all of which build tension.

Make your reader doubt that the goal will be accomplished.
The Solution/Conclusion
This is the section that brings the main event to a close. The problem is solved or the adventure or experience comes to an end.
Extended Ending
The ending summarizes the main character’s thoughts, feelings, memories, hopes, wishes, or decisions in regard to the main event.

It might also include a
defining action
that SHOWS any of the above.

The extended ending should not be abrupt, rather it should have a
feeling of satisfied closure
.
"Paper Man"
As we watch this short, animated masterpiece, take now as to how the creators structured the plot (how they tell the story)
Climax - The MAIN EVENT
This is the most important part of the story – the
climax
, the event that the entire story has led up to – essentially, what the whole story is about.
The main event section involves the problem/struggle sequence, or the adventure or interesting peak experience.
This “scene” should be
told in almost slow motion
, expanded upon and stretched out through a balance of action, thought, description, and dialogue.
This is the largest, most significant part of the story.
Begin with a bang.

Possibilities:
use an interesting
action
,
dialogue
or
exclamation
, the main character’s
thoughts
, or
feelings
,
raise story questions (conflict?)
use a sound to grab the reader’s attention
begin as close to the main event as possible.
Because no one likes to be bored.
Dem deets doe.
Wait. What? Noooo!
Ideas from Empowering Writers
The moment when everything changes.
Well, that was nice.
So now what?
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