Narrative is the recounting of a succession of events. Many narratives are fictional, including epics and novels, but narrative can include nonfiction such as history and autobiography. Narratives needn't be in prose: epics, for instance, are narrative verse.

Narratives are not always told in sequence. Many stories start in medias res, and jump about chronologically.

From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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