This article introduces a series on narrative and dialogue. Stated most simply, narrative and dialogue are the tools writers use to tell their stories. They take different forms and serve complementary functions, but with plenty of overlap.
What Narrative Does
Writers use narrative to:
- Describe—to show—action (“Bob ran down the street after Alice’s car”) or emotion;
- Describe a person (“Alice’s hair was dyed souvenir-shop-coral red”), a place, or a thing;
- Make connections between people, places, actions, emotions, or things; and
- Provide the reader with whatever other information she might need.
It is the words not placed inside quotation marks or used for internal monologue, that is, the character’s though...Read More