For a historical account to be considered a chronicle in either fiction or nonfiction, several things are necessary:
- The information must be represented in the order in which it occurred; by chronology.
- The style should be objective, not analytical
- The sources of the information must be reliable and accurate Likewise, a chronicle begins with the earliest information available, and ends with the most recent. For example, daily newspapers present the most current and up-to-date information possible, reporting information as it happens. The best way to start writing a chronicle is to begin with a basic timeline of the events that will be recounted. If the chronicle is fiction, you should develop a storyline based on how the events will unfold chronologically.