Narrative writing character and plot
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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To identify the features of narrative
To generate original and imaginative
ideas: character and plot
• Sequence, pace and detail
• Narrative structure:
• Variety of sentences
• Ambitious, well-chosen
• Descriptive techniques
• Spelling accuracy
• Engaging style
• Imagination and originality
Ideas for narratives
The New Arrival
Task: Can you come up with ideas
that would link to this title?
A New Arrival can mean
loads of different things. Be
imaginative and come up
with something that nobody
else has thought of.
Absent father returns trying to spend time with his children. How
do they react to seeing him after so long?
Character and plot
To create a convincing character
To sustain a convincing character and
plot throughout the story
How does the poet create the voice
of a young boy for this poem?
How important is Point of View in a
• How is the story by Elizabeth
Baines a good example of
creating a convincing point of
view or voice for the main
• What other things make this
short story so successful?
Your main character needs to be
introduced quickly in a short story
• Think Appearance and Personality Traits
• Background – what happened to your character
in the past? Family? Important events in their
childhood or adult life?
• Describe them in a setting that would reflect their
• Like Crooks in Of Mice and Men focus on their
Possessions, Environment, What people say
about them and how they interact with other
• Enid Blythe, 83
• Born in 1923 in Monmouth.
• Worked as a florist in Monmouth
until she got married in 1939 but
her husband was killed in the war
when his plane was shot down
• No children
• Lives in a village in a beautiful
• Her niece runs the florist shop
now – she gave it to her.
• She loves her garden
• She is a thin woman, with an
outdoor complexion – weathered
by the wind and rain.
The plot or storyline follows a narrative that is
interesting because it has five key stages:
In a short story, because time is limited writers
often play around with these conventions for effect.