fiction - some basic definitions - check out as many links as you can - especially the distinctions between literary and popular fiction

fictional character - explore these links to exhaust the possibilities of creating a character

stock character - know your stereotypes

chick lit - find out what it is

popular fiction - a rather exhaustive survey of the field, with links to each genre

narrator - an excellent introduction to narrator types

stereotypes - a list of dramatic stereotypes, almost up to date

character system - weird system of archetypes

plot device - a list of conventional plot devices that might get you out of trouble... or not

Vladimir Propp - some historical information - click on the 31 functions and the two Propp Generators at the bottom

literature - the larger picture - quite a comprehensive series of links - try to hit as many of the links as possible