Story Basics


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All stories have a the same basic components. Like a chef combines basic ingredients in any number of ways, a writer can use these components to create everything from the simplest fairy tale to experimental and beyond.

The major building blocks of stories are, in order of importance: character, plot, setting, and genre. Everything else use spring from there. Here are the pieces laid out, ready to be explored. Use the buttons below to navigate across the sections.

Title of the document character supporting characters plot 3-act structure hero's journey setting syntax verbs nouns adjectives genre literary fiction popular fiction