You Only Need To Learn Five Types Of Sentences To Write Fiction

Master those, and you can write any story.

What are the five fictional sentence types?

Fiction writing needs to convey a lot of information. That information needs to be conveyed in such a way that the reader feels what the protagonist is feeling. The story should unfold rather than be told after the incident has already taken place.

  1. The backstory of the character
  2. Action
  3. Dialogue
  4. Sensory Details

Character’s opinion about a setting or situation

Often, the first few sentences in a novel fall in this category. A setting is the description of the time and the place where the story is occurring and is usually written from the main character’s perspective.

The backstory of a character

There is a whole category of sentences that tell the backstory of the character. All novels have the backstory spilled here and there and dispersed throughout the novel. They give us insights into who the character is and why they are the way they are. As it is in the following excerpt:


Action is straightforward. It is what a character is doing. It is best written as showing. Not telling. Make sure you write it in such a way that it unfolds rather than reported a moment after it has already occurred. The action that unfolds is gripping and engaging. See the example below:


We all know what dialogue is. I will not go too much in detail here as most fiction writer knows what a dialogue sentence is like. Here is an example:

Sensory Details

This is one category of fiction sentences where most of the new writers fail. Perhaps because we rely too much on our eyes than other senses, other than eyes, we have four more senses — taste, touch, smell, and audio. If you want your fiction to work and want your reader to experience what the character in your story is experiencing, you need to describe the places, things, and people using all five senses.


Fiction writing consists of just five types of sentences.

  1. The backstory of the character
  2. Action
  3. Dialogue and
  4. Sensory Details

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