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The Key Elements of Fiction Every Writer Should Know


If you are going to write in the fiction genre, it is important that you know the key elements. Fiction writing is made up of these elements, and if you don’t know how to utilize them, your writing will not be as immersive as you would want it to be.

Here are the six elements of fiction every writer should be aware of.

1. Plot

When it comes to writing a story, it is important that you take your plot seriously. Plot is a series of events that take place throughout the story. They provide structure within your story, and is essential throughout your writing sessions. A story’s plot is made up of five parts. Here is a quick description of these parts.

· Exposition

The exposition is the very first part of a story, and is used to establish the setting and introduce the main characters. When you write the exposition, you should try to set the foundations of the story, without revealing too much as well. During this part, not that much happens. You should just focus on introducing the main characters, and setting up the key aspects of your story.

· Rising action

This part is particularly the longest, and is when the story truly starts. The source of conflict will usually arise during this part of the story. When you write the rising action part of the story, you should take your time because it is the setting point for your story’s climax.

· Climax

The climax is the highest point of your story. During this part of the story, you should write in a more urgent tone. The stakes are the highest during this part, and you should make sure that each sentence heightens the overall feel of the story.

· Falling action

This part of the story takes place after the climax, and is meant to lessen the tension in the story. The most important part of the story has already taken place, so your main goal during this part is to tie up all the loose ends in the story.

· Resolution

The resolution is the final part of a story, and all the loose ends in the story have been settled. As you write this part, you should make sure that it has a sense of finality to it. Make sure that all the plot points have been concluded, and all character’s endings are addressed.

2. Style

Style is yet another essential part of writing fiction. This element is very subjective because every writer needs to find his or her own writing style, and it takes a good deal of time and effort to develop. Your style should be as unique as possible, because you will use this as a way to distinguish yourself from other writers. Take the time to experiment with various writing styles. You could even try to emulate the writing styles of other writers. Just make sure that you don’t outright copy their styles.

3. Setting

The setting is the location and time wherein the events of the story takes place. When you write the setting for your story, it always pays to be detailed. This is especially important during the first parts of the story. Remember that you are introducing the readers to your story, so the setting is very important in order for the readers to get interested in the story.

4. Theme

The theme is what the story is all about. These are the concepts that will continually arise throughout the story. When it comes to choosing the theme for your story, it should add value to the overall content, and should act as the main foundation point for your story.

5. Point of View

This element controls the overall feel of the story, and how the reader will be able to perceive the story. If you want to write a story as effectively as possible, you will need to be versatile and know how to write in various point of views. Here are some examples of point of views that you could use.

· First person view

The first person point of view uses the pronouns I, me, us, ours and we. When you write in the first person point of view, your main aim is to give readers a more intimate experience in the story. The reader must feel and experience what the narrator is going through.

· Second person view

This point of view uses the pronouns you, your, and yourself. The main advantage of this point of view is that it creates a close connection with the reader. It has a conversational tone, and is very instructive in nature.

· Third person view

The third person point of view uses pronouns such as he, she, it, them, and their. This point of view is very informative, and has an almost omnipresent quality. Compared to first person view, the third person viewpoint is less emotional, and has a somewhat remote feel.

6. Characters

On writing a story, you will need to make sure that your characters are as interesting as possible. Remember that your readers will see your story through your characters. When you write your characters, you will need to make sure that you describe their key physical and personality traits. You should also make sure that they are don’t just appear out of nowhere. Take the time to create his or her backstory, and lay out the character’s key motivations.


The fiction genre is one of the most entertaining and fulfilling genres to write. However, you should know the key elements of the genre before you start the writing process. By knowing the key elements of fiction, you will be able to create truly great content.

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