As you go up the ladder" : Characters become so well rounded you feel like you know them. Settings become much more complicated and detailed. The climactic moment becomes much more complicated and makes you think. Basically the longer the work, the more room there is to go in depth. A novel is the most complex of all (and therefore longest) and an. Anecdote or joke is much simpler (and therefore shortest) Hero > protagonist > central consciousness = same thing. Are very fast, short and simple - bottom of the ladder. Quick introduction to central character a guy walked into a bar is all you need. Avoid getting too creative so there was this newfie this is expected, sounds like you"re going to tell a joke. Once upon a time there was a newfie is implying that you"re going to be telling a fairytale.