Notice and Note for Fiction

Signposts for Fiction:

CONTRASTS & CONTRADICTIONS: When a character does something that contrasts with what you’d expect or contradicts their earlier acts or statements.

ASK: Why is the character doing that?

AHA MOMENT: When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something.

ASK: How might this change things?

TOUGH QUESTIONS: When the character faces or stops and asks themselves a very difficult question.

ASK: What does this question make ME wonder about?

WORDS OF THE WISER: When an older or wiser character attempts to teach a younger or less-experienced character a life lesson.

ASK: What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?

AGAIN & AGAIN: When a word, phrase, or situation is mentioned over and over.

ASK: Why does this keep happening or coming up again and again?

MEMORY MOMENT: When the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory.

ASK: Why might this memory be important?


Doc’s Slides on Fiction & Nonfiction Signposts


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