Writing Mini-Lessons: Fictional Narrative Genre

Fictional narratives are a form of writing in which the writer, using the power of imagination, invents a re-creation of life, usually written in prose. All fictional narratives are simultaneously filled with falsehoods and great truths. Falsehoods are inherent because fiction relays events that have never occurred to characters that have never existed, at least not as they appear in the story. However, fiction also contains great truths because it reveals meaningful insights into the human condition, allowing readers to learn about themselves, others, and the world while being entertained by a story.

Fictional narratives allow you, the writer, to discover stories stemming from small moments of everyday life, to imagine stories you wish existed in the world, to pretend other lives into print, and to explore universal and personal issues all while telling an engaging tale that allows your readers to vicariously experience the things you describe. Your job as a writer is to put the readers in the midst of the action, letting them live through an event, incident, or experience. Fictional narratives also incorporate vivid descriptive details, as well as the thoughts, feelings, and reactions of the characters.

A good fictional narrative creates a dramatic effect, makes us laugh, gives us pleasurable fright, and/or gets us on the edge of our seats. Further, such a story stays with us long after we have finished the last word because it invites us to ponder important questions about what it means to be human.