Elements Of Fiction

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Elements Of Fiction


Elements of Fiction

When you read a story, you are reading a work of fiction. FICTION is writing that comes
from an author's imagination. Although the author makes the story up, he or she might base
it on real events.

Fiction writers write either short stories or novels. A SHORT STORY usually revolves
around a single idea and is short enough to be read in one sitting. A NOVEL is much longer
and more complex.


Understanding Fiction

CHARACTERS are the people, animals, or imaginary creatures that take part in the actions
of the story. Usually, a short story centers on events in the life of one person or
animal. He or she is the main CHARACTER. Generally, there are also one or more MINOR
CHARACTERS in the story. Minor characters sometimes provide part of the background of the
story. More often, however, minor characters interact with the main character and with
another. Their words and actions help to move the plot along.

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