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There are so many theories and so much advice that I decided this needed a collection of its own. It is easier and neater to find the material together in just one place. The first one here is a highly informative starting point, in my opinion.

The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer - The Atlantic. “My prettiest contribution to my culture,” the writer Kurt Vonnegut mused in his 1981 autobiography Palm Sunday, “was a master’s thesis in anthropology which was rejected by the University of Chicago a long time ago.”

The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer - The Atlantic

By then, he said, the thesis had long since vanished. (“It was rejected because it was so simple and looked like too much fun,” Vonnegut explained.) But he continued to carry the idea with him for many years after that, and spoke publicly about it more than once. It was, essentially, this: “There is no reason why the simple shapes of stories can’t be fed into computers. They are beautiful shapes.” That explanation comes from a lecture he gave, and which you can still watch on YouTube, that involves Vonnegut mapping the narrative arc of popular storylines along a simple graph.

The most interesting shape to him, it turned out, was the one that reflected the tale of Cinderella, of all stories. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories. List of narrative techniques - Wikipedia. A narrative technique, also known, more narrowly for literary fictional narratives, as a literary technique, literary device, or fictional device, is any of several specific methods the creator of a narrative uses to convey what they want[1]—in other words, a strategy used in the making of a narrative to relay information to the audience and, particularly, to "develop" the narrative, usually in order to make it more complete, complicated, or interesting.

List of narrative techniques - Wikipedia

Literary techniques are distinguished from literary elements, which exist inherently in works of writing. Setting[edit] Plots[edit] Perspective[edit] Style[edit] Ideas and Plots. Murphy's Law Gen. Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secret to Creating and Sustaining Suspense.

Thriller writing?

Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secret to Creating and Sustaining Suspense

Mystery writing? Literary fiction? It’s all the same: Building apprehension in the minds of your readers is one of the most effective keys to engaging them early in your novel and keeping them flipping pages late into the night. Simply put, if you don’t hook your readers, they won’t get into the story. If you don’t drive the story forward by making readers worry about your main character, they won’t have a reason to keep reading. The Art of Conflict by Rachael Thomas. Happy Monday!

The Art of Conflict by Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas explains why conflict plays a crucial role in a story. Every story needs conflict, but what exactly is conflict and why does it matter in romance? Conflict is an incompatibility between the objectives of your characters and is needed because it creates tension in your story. In short, it’s what keeps your characters apart emotionally despite the physical attraction they have for each other. The Subplot - Not Second Place, but Side by Side.

There is one element in plotting our story that we sometimes forget or neglect—the subplot.

The Subplot - Not Second Place, but Side by Side

The subplot is what rounds out a novel or screenplay, informing it with another shade of emotional colour to deliver a satisfying and entertaining experience. It is the parallel narrative that allows the writer to explore theme, deepen characterisation, add tension or allow some relief. The subplot helps us understand the characters a bit better and gives a better sense of pace. Love and other pursuits. Let’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a story ... ‘Each of us constructs and lives a “narrative”,’ wrote the British neurologist Oliver Sacks, ‘this narrative is us’.

Let’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a story ...

Likewise the American cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner: ‘Self is a perpetually rewritten story.’ And: ‘In the end, we become the autobiographical narratives by which we “tell about” our lives.’ The Art of Conflict by Rachael Thomas. Narrative Editors. Plot Generator. GATE Websites and Articles. Real Life Diagnostics: Diagnosing a Story Idea.

Critique By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Real Life Diagnostics is a weekly column that studies a snippet of a work in progress for specific issues.

Real Life Diagnostics: Diagnosing a Story Idea

Readers are encouraged to send in work with questions, and I diagnose it on the site. It’s part critique, part example, and designed to help the submitter as well as anyone else having a similar problem. If you're interested in submitting to Real Life Diagnostics, please check out these guidelines. Submissions currently in the queue: Zero This week’s question: And the Pace is On: Understanding and Controlling Your Pacing. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy My husband isn't a YA reader (though I'm trying to change that) and when he read my book for the first time, one of his comments was: "Wow, you do stuff in three pages that would take an adult book three chapters.

And the Pace is On: Understanding and Controlling Your Pacing

" An exaggeration, but there's truth in there. YA is usually faster paced that adult work, because kids won't put up with something that drags. Move Along: Fixing Pacing Problems. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Pacing problems fall into two categories: too slow or too fast.

Move Along: Fixing Pacing Problems

While this makes it easy to diagnose the trouble, it takes a bit more to solve the actual problem. Too slow can be an editing issue, a stakes issue, or even a structure issue. Too fast can be a plotting problem, a characterization problem, or yes, a structure problem. If your pacing isn’t where you want it to be, try to identify what the problem is. Too Slow While any number of things can contribute to a slow pace, too much of something is usually the culprit. Real Life Diagnostics: Fixing Your Pacing and Narrative Flow. Critique By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Real Life Diagnostics is a weekly column that studies a snippet of a work in progress for specific issues.

Real Life Diagnostics: Fixing Your Pacing and Narrative Flow

Readers are encouraged to send in work with questions, and I diagnose it on the site. It’s part critique, part example, and designed to help the submitter as well as anyone else having a similar problem. If you're interested in submitting to Real Life Diagnostics, please check out these guidelines. Submissions currently in the queue: One. NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel’s Middle. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy It’s middle time! Middles just might be the most common tough spot for writers, and with good reason. It makes up half the novel, and it’s where all the heavy plot stuff happens. Beatsheets. Story Beats. Get The Story Straight. 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them. Writing Basics: The Midpoint Reversal. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy For a while now, we’ve looked at the basic of the major turning points in the Three Act Structure.

So far, we’ve discussed how the opening scene leads to the inciting event, which leads to the act one problem, and presents the protagonist with the act two choice. That choice throws the story into the middle of the novel, and will drive the protagonist to the midpoint reversal. What Are Narrative Strands? 6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story. Who says conflict is a bad thing? Who says world peace is the most important goal of humanity? Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secret to Creating and Sustaining Suspense.

Www.writersdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/Master-Plots-Exclusive.pdf. How to Outline Your Novel. How to Make a Plot Line for a Story. How to Write a Chapter by Chapter Outline. 6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story. A Handwritten Plot Outline J.K. Rowling Made While Writing ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ Assimilation Plot. Structure. Plot and Structure, James Scott Bell. The Best Story Structure Tool We Know. By Glen C. Strathy Of the various story structure models or theories that exist, we have chosen to focus mainly on Dramatica, which was developed by Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley.

We chose to work with this model because it is the only one that... 1. Addresses all aspects of story structure simultaneously and in an integrated way, including not just plot and character but also theme (something most models barely touch on). 2. 3. 4. Plot Devices. The Mirror Moment: A Method for Both Plotters and Pantsers. I want to thank Katie for giving me some space here to talk about my new book, Write Your Novel From the Middle. Rather than have her come up with interview questions, I took that burden upon myself. The only problem was, when I questioned myself, I tended to go on and on. I’ve thus mercifully cut this interview to the bone. I sat down with myself on a sunny afternoon in Los Angeles. Why "Start With the Action" Messes Up So Many Writers.

Story Structure. '+windowtitle+' We often think about the future as being in front of us and the past as being at our back – as we walk, places we pass are behind us, and places we have yet to reach lie ahead. But not every culture views time the same way. How to Develop Fiction Plots: 13 Steps. Edit Article. Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success.

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Tobias' 20 Plots. Disciplines > Storytelling > Plots > Tobias' 20 Plots. The Golden Rules for a Good Plot. Writing a novel can be a daunting task. The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels. All stories contain four elements that can determine structure: milieu, idea, character and event. 4 Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist. When I started reading Gone Girl, I’ll admit I had high expectations. How to plot a novel, Plot structure template. Novel Plotting Worksheet. Want to help support the author? Easy Novel Outline – Free Writing Lessons and Worksheets.

Plot and Structure. How to Let Plot Guide Your Short Story. 25 Ways To Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story. Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secret to Creating and Sustaining Suspense. 25 Unique Places to Find Story Ideas. Plotting. Plot Scenario Generator.

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. Plotting a Short Story. How To Write a Good Story - Creating a UNIQUE plot - Page 2. Get The Story Straight. Structuring Your Novel Visual Chart. The Algonkian Author Salon - A Project Source for Agents and Publishers. How To Structure A Story: The 8 Point Arc. The basic plots of fiction: Professor who analysed 40,000 novels claims there are just SIX possible storylines. 29 Plot Templates.

Friedman's Story Plots. What is Plot - How to Write a Story from Beginning to End.