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Setting
time (date, time of day, season) and place - a piece of writing will generally have many settings and each setting will generally carry with it a mood or atmosphere.
Plot
what happens, concretely, as though it were placed on a history time line.
Incident
one specific thing which happens in a plot. Many short stories are basically one incident described in detail.
Theme
the answer to this question: What is this all about? Themes tend to be the author's message about important human conditions or problems, such as Good and Evil, Death, Freedom, etc...
Mood
the overall feeling created by a piece of writing. Mood can often be described in a few words, such as scary, lonely, empty, triumphant, anxious.
Dialogue
a discussion or conversation between two or more characters.
Monologue
one character alone talking to the reader/audience/to himself.
Motive
why a character does what he/she does. Motives are often feelings or logical conclusions, but can be also impulse based upon the actions or words of another. Every action has a motive.
External conflict
a fight, argument, disagreement or simply opposition in which 2 sides are present. Characters, themes, ideas, forces can all be in conflict.
Internal conflict
an argument or decision-making process within one character's mind. An internal conflict is stated this way: Should I swallow my pride and go visit my son, or should I wait until he comes to me with an apology?