The Importance of Narrative Structure & The Characters

In this post, we briefly go over ideas surrounding the importance of narrative structure and its characters.

Structure and elements are essential in literary creation: time, space, characters, and narrative focus.

Time can be chronological and current, with events occurring in chronological order and the writer's reality. There is also historical time, with history gaining bias from previous and future centuries. These are the most common scenarios, but there is also the psychological scenario, in which the passage of time is subjective, with the characters dictating the number of days and the time in question.

The space element is essential in the story's development, as he is frequently almost a character. There are three aspects to space. First, the physical, or the real, serves as a backdrop for the action. Such as the bedroom, living room, street, city, country, etc. Society is the political and economic context in which the characters live. Is it a totalitarian, religious, apathetic government, a wealthy, impoverished, egalitarian, capitalist, communist, or peaceful society? The third and final is the psychological space, which contains the character's internal and life story issues.

Characters In The Narrative Structure?

And, speaking of characters, they are the third narrative element. The protagonist, also known as the main character or hero, plays a vital role in the plot's development. Secondary characters are less important than the protagonist, but they still play an essential role in the plot and may require the protagonist to reach his full potential. The extras are unimportant to the action, but they must fill "gaps" in roles that demonstrate something, such as a salesman, a driver, or a person on the street who is approached for information. Finally, we can't help but think about the antagonist or villain. It does not appear in every story, but when it does, it is the one who motivates the protagonist and "disrupts" the plot.

Finally, we have narrative focus, also referred to as the point of view. The structure includes the point of view from which a story is told. The narrator's position, and the voice, articulate the narration. The observant narrator and the character are the two most well-known foci. As the name implies, the observer is outside of the action, has a more distant perspective on the story, and is not one of the characters. It is also known as third-person narration. And the character, also known as first person, is when the plot's voice participates in the story, whether he is the protagonist or not, and can be multiple voices.

Please list the structural elements of your book before you begin writing it. Clearly define time, space, characters, and narrators. When all other aspects of your story are well connected, it will be much easier to focus on the creative aspect.


Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.


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