There are six main elements of fiction. These are:
Plot – The storyline that gets us interested in the story in the first place, and hopefully keeps our interest as the story unfolds.
Setting – This could be the physical setting (the place) or the chronological setting (when the story is set).
Character – These are the people (not always people – could be animals or other life forms) that the story plays through or around.
Conflict – This is the struggle that takes place in the story, which brings interest to the tale. It could be external or internal conflict.
Symbol – This is something in the story that means something else. Symbols can play a huge role in some stories, and a smaller one in others, but in general there are normally symbols in every story. They help us understand more about the story.
Point of View – This is the way in which the story is told. For example, it could be told in the first person, which means we see the story unfold through the eyes of the main character. There are many different points of view through which a story can be told.
The elements of fiction help a writer to create their story around a theme.
Setting can also be an element of fiction, but it doesn’t always have to be.
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