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Story Elements (for Nonfiction Folks too)

I’m not saying that you have to make up stories, but where can you pull examples from  your life to illustrate your points? And how can you craft those examples to engage your reader? By telling the reader a story.

Story elements are the building blocks of a story. Specifically, characters, plot, and setting are the foundational pieces. No character? No story. No plot? No story. No setting? No story.

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Story Elements

Here’s a brief overview of each element with additional things to consider within each element:

Who: Character (and point of view, or whose viewpoint the story is being told from)

What: Plot (conflict)

When and Where: Setting

How: Plot (rising and falling action); Tone

Why: Plot and/or Character; Theme

The longer the story you’re telling, the more complexity you can layer into the elements. But don’t be afraid to aim for depth, even in shorter examples.

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