Conventions of Narrative The materials and procedures that a writer use to generate meaning in a tale. Characters, place, story, and point of view are among them.
They help define the boundaries of what can be included in a narrative and thus influence how we interpret it.
For example, in a novel or other extended work of fiction, there is a clear distinction between character and incident. A character is an individual personification of a quality or trait; an incident is a brief plot point or series of events. A character may have several incidents during the course of a story but only one character may play a major role in multiple stories.
In journalism, this distinction is less clear-cut; characters may appear in multiple articles as long as they don't play an important role in those pieces. Incidents, on the other hand, usually require separate reporting because they don't add much value beyond their revelation of new information. For example, an article about a crime scene would be considered investigative journalism while an article describing the same crime scene with more detail might be called "crime scene photography" or "photojournalism".
In non-fiction, such as history books or science journals, characters often have entire careers or lives within the scope of one work.
Story conventions are common narrative structures and understandings found in media goods that convey stories. Narrative frameworks are an example of a tale convention. Character development through cause and consequence, along with significant events that change the status quo, are other common story elements.
The term "convention" suggests a set pattern that can be followed. However, each medium may interpret these elements differently. For example, in film, characters' motivations may be revealed over time rather than immediately after they act. This is because screen time is limited and filmmakers want to use it efficiently to tell their story as clearly and vividly as possible.
In television, episodes usually follow a similar structure: Opening scene/plot summary, body of the episode, closing scene/cliff-hanger. The opening scene may include some or all of the following: teaser for next week's episode, location setting, and/or character introduction. The body of the episode deals with the plot, while the ending leaves room for speculation about what will happen in future episodes.
In literature, conventions are ideas or patterns that help us understand how stories are constructed and conveyed. For example, one story convention is that life for most characters tends to move forward with a series of conflicts arising between them and solutions being found to those conflicts.
As tales, narratives should incorporate the following story conventions: a plot (including location and characters); a climax; and an ending. While some stories may seem to lack one or more of these elements, they are still considered narratives as long as they follow the basic structure mentioned above.
In general, narratives are written in prose. However, some narratives are also told in poems or songs. These include myths and legends which use poetic language and imagery rather than normal prose. A narrative poem is a poem that tells a story. Legend, myth and folklore are all forms of narrative poetry. Prose narratives can be divided into five types: historical, fictional, journalistic, personal.
Historical narratives tell of past events that people experienced first-hand. They are written by historians who want to share with others what they know about those times. Fictional narratives take place in a made-up world where characters act out their feelings through speech and action. They are written by authors who want to express themselves creatively. Journalists' narratives are based on facts gathered from other sources such as interviews. Personal narratives describe experiences that the author had themselves. Authors write these stories so others will understand how they feel about certain things.
Narratives can be long or short.
Conventions in literature are the distinguishing features, or must-haves, of a specific genre. Any wannabe private investigator worth their weight in magnifying glasses will tell you that investigators, suspects, and a healthy dosage of foreshadowing are all mystery genre tropes. The same is true of novels, stories, movies, and other forms of media.
The most common conventions in literature are as follows: characters must wear clothes, locations must have doors and windows, there should be a main character who wants to solve the mystery.
In addition to these basics, certain elements are expected in fiction written within a particular genre. These include but are not limited to the following: mysteries should have solutions, heroes/heroines must overcome obstacles to reach this solution, villains need to be opposed by someone equal in power, stories must have endings.
The term "convention" comes from the Latin word conventio, meaning "a coming together." In other words, conventions are the shared expectations of readers and listeners when they engage with literature or music, respectively.
For example, detectives in crime novels must wear a badge, gun, and police uniform. If they were to go around dressed like superheroes, people would not understand why they would want to help criminals.