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Four Elements of Storytelling
- Plot. The events of a story. A series of actions and reactions. A cause-and-effect sequence of things happening to propel a character from a beginning, through a middle, to an end.
- Character. The who of a story. The people or creatures who populate the world, who make the decisions that drive the plot, and who let the audience vicariously experience and relate to it all.
- World. The environment of a story. The environment is where it all takes place. This includes physical details, like geography, time, and season, as well as cultural elements like social, political, and religious systems.
- Language. The words of a story. The grammar, style, and voice of the writing. Everything from word choice to character names to how the writer puts together sentences, paragraphs, scenes, and chapters.