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Overcome your writer’s block with Elements of a Story

Fictionary Story Elements

Stories matter. Your story matters. But, and it is a big BUT, your fingers stumble, they fumble, they refuse to work when you sit down to write, or type, or chisel each word you want to get out. Have you got writer’s block? Maybe you are in denial; you have a first draft, after all. Maybe you are wallowing; you are searching social media for the perfect something that will unblock you. Or maybe, just maybe, you have found your answer: Fictionary’s elements of a story.

Everyone’s writer’s block is different, but most blocks really are down to a lack of confidence. A lack of confidence that your editing will turn your fantastic story idea, and your first draft, into a solid gold story. The great news is that working in Fictionary, implementing the elements of a story on a scene-by-scene basis: your fingers will be typing, writing, or even chiselling “The End” in no time flat.

What—a simple solution to writer’s block? What alchemy is this?

Scientists retired alchemy years ago, as chemistry came on the scene. Chemistry organized the chemical world: more experiments that meant greater scientific advancements and fewer experiments that unexpectedly went BOOM.

Chemistry is a well-organised science. Fictionary is a well-organised software. To polish up a draft, you need to experiment, and some writer’s block is fear that your draft will not be robust enough to withstand these vital experiments. In Fictionary, you can experiment and not have your draft explode. Fictionary has your back.

Remember, stories matter. Matter is made up of elements. Elements of a story matter; Fictionary knows this.

What is an element of a story?

Kristina Stanley explains the elements of a story fantastically. We will explore how Fictionary organises these elements of a story.

The 3 super groups of Element of a Story are:

Story Elements Character Plot SettingCharacterWho the story happens to

PlotWhat happens in the story

SettingWhere the story happens

How you mix up these 3 super groups, that is how you make your writer’s voice unique. And these 3 main story parts break down further into 39 elements of a story.

These super groups answer the who, the what, the where. On this blog called how to create the plot of a story, you can see the 3 super groups are the first three petals of a story flower. The rest of the story comes together as you sort these first three petals out. Then, you just need to sort them out in every single scene. Simple.

Here are those headings from Fictionary, from the evaluate page.

Story Element Categories

Before we look at the Fictionary Table of Story Elements, let’s understand why you need to sort them out in every scene. Your story will feel flat to a reader if any of the story elements are missing, as Jessica Majewski so brilliantly explains. And a flat story never comes to life to your reader, and your reader will put your book down, and your reader might think twice about buying any of your future books. Fictionary does not have just 3 elements of a story, not just 7, not just 9: Fictionary now has 39 unique elements of a story. Are you ready to see the super organised Fictionary Table of Story Elements?

Fictionary Table of Story Elements

And that’s why Fictionary is revolutionary. Fictionary software, with the aid of AI, has the most thorough checklist of elements of a story around. Below you can see Fictionary’s interactive Table of Story Elements.

Fictionary Story Elements Table

Downland a clickable version here

When you click on each element, it will take you through to the video shorts or articles explaining what each element is.

How these Story Elements look in Fictionary

Plot Story ElementsYou can see how these are all organised neatly in the Fictionary software. Each scene, you check of each story element in the checklist next to it. Also, next to each element, Fictionary has a question box. This question box is another great benefit of the Fictionary software as you can click on it, and it give a thorough definition of that element of a story.

That’s how easy Fictionary is.

And writer’s block is ripe for retirement—now that Fictionary’s here.







Elements of a Story Bingo

Shall we play Bingo with the elements of a story? I will pick one element from Character, one from Plot and one from Setting, at random, to show how experimenting with each element of a story transforms the scene. We are going to play with a scene using whichever element of a story comes out of the 3 colour-coded bags.

*Drum roll *

I pulled out POV (Point of View), Conflict and Emotional Impact of Setting.

3 Fictionary Story Elements

And we are going to have a play with the following scene:

Write: 200+ words about a 48-year-old who goes back to her/his/their 30-year high school reunion, to confront someone.

Here are a few ideas, but feel free to choose any of your own. Remember, just to change the POV, the Conflict and the Emotional Impact of Setting.

Story Element Brainstorm

Each time you change one element of story, the whole story changes, sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much. But the key is to have fun.

And when you edit, you are looking to experiment to make each scene come to life.

Next, take one of your scenes from your work in progress. Any will do, perhaps even one you feel is weaker. You don’t have to tell anyone; that will be our secret. Try rewriting the scene from someone else’s POV or change it from 1st person to 3rd person. Just to get the feel for it. Or try to change the conflict in the scene. Or try to change the setting to somewhere that triggers the protagonist, the worst place possible for that scene to happen. See how your protagonist reacts, your antagonist reacts.

Have any of these changes made your scene come to life? Made you, as the writer, enter that wonderful writer’s trance, where you are fully interacting with your written world? Are you crying or laughing or wide-eye-wondering along with your protagonist? Then, you know you’ve hit story gold. BINGO! All by using Fictionary’s elements of a story.

So, what are you waiting for?

Fictionary’s beauty is that with each scene you can safely experiment. Like a story chemist should. Those experiments unblock your writer’s block. Have fun with all the elements of a story, and that will shine through in your writing. Fictionary is the place to do this, since Fictionary is the safest place in a writer’s experimental editing universe.

Post Written by L Cooke

As a Fictionary certified Editor, I will explore your Work-In-Progress, chapter-by-chapter, scene-by-scene, story-element-by-story-element. You will end up with a treasure map of sorts, full of actionable advice and a greater understanding of your Work-In-Progress.

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