NARRATIVE LINES – what are they and what are they for?

By | 7 Giugno, 2018

  ENGLISH ARTICLE

Welcome to this new lesson from Scrittissimo. Today I will explain you the Narrative Lines.

scrittissimo come scrivere un libro, un romanzo, un raccontoBut before starting this lesson there’s something I want to tell you. This article is the translation in English language of another article written by myself in Italian and titled: LE  LINEE NARRATIVE – che cosa sono e a cosa servono

So I do apologize in advance for any translation error, for any English grammar error and for any syntax error.

NARRATIVE LINES – what are they and what are they for?

They are two and they represent the main elements of Fiction Writing:

  • The Main Story Line
  • The Secondary Story Line

What is The Main Story Line and what is it for?

The Main Story Line is the group of major events that happen in the Story.

It involves – first of all – the Leading Characters (Protagonist, Antagonist, Co-Protagonist) but also the Primary Characters, some Secondary Characters and some Extra-Characters.

Moreover the Main Story Line is crossed by the related Main Narrative Conflict, which involves and disrupts the existence of characters who take part in it.

Let’s go forward with the lesson.

What is the Secondary Story Line and what is it for?

The Secondary Story Lline is the group of minor events that help and sustain the development of the Main Story Line. Unlike the Main Narrative Line, Secondary Story Lines may be more than one.

They involve mainly Primary Characters and Secondary Characters but they can also involve the Protagonist, the Antagonist and the Co-Protagonist.

Secondary Narrative Lines are also crossed by the related Secondary Narrative Conflicts, which involve and disrup the existence of characters who take part in it.

One of the most interesting aspects of the interplay between the Main Narrative Line and the Secondary Narrative Line is the “role shift” that the characters performance in according to the Narrative Line at which they participate.

It may happen that characters who participate as Primaries in the Main Narrative Line become THE PROTAGONISTS of their own Secondary Narrative Line.

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These “Role Shift” link the various Narrative Lines thus making the Story harmonious and engaging.

The harmonious union between the Main Narrative Line and the Secondary Narrative Lines generates a technical element which is commonly referred as PLOT

That’s all for today

See you soon on the next lesson on Scrittissimo.

Bye Bye

SIMONA

Author & Admin of SCRITTISSIMO: ideas, techniques and tips to write a Novel, a Tale, a Story.