20
Apr
09

Narrative Structures

Linear
A Linear narrative structure is one that is told in chronological order, an example of a linear story is Toy Story (1995), Disney Pixar, which is told simply from start to finish.

Non-Linear
A Non-Linear structure is one that is told out of chronological order, a good example of a non-linear story is Memento (2000), Christopher Nolan, which is told backward.

Many stories have parts of both, either they are linear, with ‘flashbacks’ which are none linear (as they do not happen at the time of the event with in the story) or they can be non-linear, but are often told in a linear manner (small plots running from start to finish (linear) but shown in a non-linear fashion).

Homodiagetic
This is where the narrator of the story is speak in the here and now.

Hetrodiagetic
This is when the author is speaking retrospectively.

Discourse
The discourse of the narrative is the theme, which can be as vague as tragedy, romance, comedy or more specific in terms of hindsight etc.

Each of my small stories will follow these set of rules.

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1 Response to “Narrative Structures”


  1. 1 braon
    March 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    well, thanks for the fancy technical terms. I think it’s worth it to try writing in different narrative styles, whether it’s prose or poetry. just as it’s worth it to try different types of musical composition, or whatever the particular art happens to be. stretching oneself. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. so what.


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