Storytelling - Building a narrative structure

How to build a narrative structure in storytelling?

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When you begin to tell a story, the first step is to decide on a narrative structure. While this can be tricky. It’s important to avoid information dumps. No one appreciates a book filled with exposition. You want to have the story flow naturally. But how do you ensure that your audience will follow along?

A good narrative structure is important for your story because it helps the reader understand the story’s elements. It’s easier to write if the reader knows what to expect. By establishing these elements, the audience will develop a strong emotional connection to the story. When the story doesn’t contain these elements, your audience will become anxious. A successful plot will manipulate the expectations. When the expectations are not met, a story won’t be able to develop fully.

Another way to create a good story is to follow the basic framework. This structure provides more guidance when you are developing your plot. There are 4 types of narratives 

Linear Narrative- The events of the story are presented in the order in which they occurred in a linear narrative. This may be achieved using any narrative perspective, including first-person, second-person, and third-person narration.

Non-linear Narrative- The purpose of a viewpoint narrative is to communicate the main character’s or other fictional characters’ points of view or subjective personal experiences.

Quest Narrative- A quest story is one in which the protagonist works hard to achieve a goal. The pursuit of this objective is likely to become their life’s work, and they’ll have to overcome apparently insurmountable challenges along the way.

Viewpoint Narrative- The purpose of a viewpoint narrative is to communicate the main character’s or other fictional characters’ points of view or subjective personal experiences.

A story can be categorised according to its structure. A linear story structure is based on the main character and plot. In contrast, a nonlinear structure can feature flashbacks and other forms of nonlinearity. In parallel, there’s a narrator who is present at the same time as the central conflict. By following this basic narrative structure, your readers will be able to enjoy your story with the elements it contains.

A narrative structure is a way to structure a story. It’s a way to organise the elements of a story. A good structure will help you make the plot and character arc coherence. A good structure will help your audience understand the plot and its central conflicts. The plot will naturally flow into the next one. The more you’re able to give your audience a compelling story, the more likely they will be to enjoy yours.

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