Writing craft consists of the basic elements that make our story readable. It consists of strategies such as plot, characterization, dialogue, pacing, dramatic structure, and point of view. Here are 5 elements of writing craft with a brief definition of each. In future blog posts I will explore each element in greater depth.
Plot is a roadmap from the beginning of a story to its resolution. It is a sequence of connected, causal events that lead to the final dénouement.
Characterization is the process an author uses to reveal the personality of a character either directly (author description) or indirectly (the reader must infer what the character is like). The descriptions may include how the character speaks, thinks, feels and acts. How others perceive the character as well as his physical appearance are part of characterization.
Dialogue is the way characters communicate. It may be conversation between characters or it may be interior thoughts.
Pacing is the variations in the rate of speed your characters move through scenes and chapters to reach the end of the story. Consideration is given to when to slow the action and when to speed it up.
Point of View is the perspective from which the story is told. There are three: first person, second person and third person. Sometimes authors alternate points of view.
It’s important to understand that it doesn’t matter how perfect your writing craft is if your story is not exciting, unique and compelling. Perfect craft will never improve a boring, cliché story.
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