Grammar

Nouns in Fiction

Good morning lovely people! Today we will be looking into the role of nouns in Fiction. Last week we looked at the role of verbs, the action words that add direction and context to your prose.

So, what is a noun? If you’re anything like me, you are trawling through your brain trying to remember lessons learnt when you were ten years old. To save you the trouble here’s a quick definition from the Cambridge Dictionary

a word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.

Great, so basically without nouns all our action, which we’ve developed by our use of verbs, is floating around in nothingness without relating to anything.

Writing without nouns can be effective in some parts of a novel, especially in a stream of consciousness. For example –

Cold, so cold. Move, keep moving. Walk, run, jump, shiver. Cold, so cold.

It works because it sounds weird so it portrays the confusion and panic of someone who is freezing cold.

This is not the way to write a whole novel! So let’s take a few moments and be grateful for nouns, lovely, specific, grounding nouns.

 

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6 thoughts on “Nouns in Fiction

  1. I agree that writing without nouns work in small sections in books, but nouns are definitely important. It all comes down to the writer and style. But, stylized writing can often be touch and go.

    A good example is Cormac Mccarthy’s very stripped down writing style. For me, McCarthy can feel too simple if that makes sense. I find myself thirsting to pick up “The Book Thief” after reading a Cormac McCarthy novel.

    Good post on nouns..I went on a little tangent. 🙂

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