Narrative Analysis 201
Intermediate Concepts, Skills, and Ideas
How characters express themselves, using spoken or written words.
Different ways to dispense must-know information without losing the audience’s attention.
Every character should want something. The story shows whether they get it, and how.
How the speed of a story changes from line to line and scene to scene.
Setup and Payoff
Using foreshadowing to plant questions, then answering them at the opportune time.
Showing and Telling
Despite the oft-repeated axiom, ‘show, don’t tell,’ both showing and telling have a place in storytelling.
What happens if a character doesn’t achieve their goal? What happens if they do?
The imbalance of information between the characters and the audience keeps the story interesting.
Tone is the emotional expression of a story’s theme, as well as the source of mood and atmosphere.
Commonly-used narrative devices, also known as tropes, are an essential tool in all forms of storytelling.
Ticking clocks and time bombs: the classic narrative devices that keep stories moving.