Kishōtenketsu You might have seen this word, Kishōtenketsu, popping up a bit in writing circles. I came upon it a few months ago, and it has been running around my head ever since. Basically, it means a narrative structure where conflict is not driving the plot. You can read more here, and here, and here, but I don't so much want to talk about its definition, as I do the ramifications of Kishōtenketsu in both my writing, and the importance of narratives in society. technique - Twist in kishōtenketsu vs. twist in Western plots - Writers Stack Exchange The difference between kishoutenketsu and Western twists... I hadn't thought about that before. I can think of a few differences, though. Have you ever seen a yonkoma manga? They're four panel comics that normally follow kishoutenketsu structure.
"The Story of an Hour" Kate Chopin (1894) Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death. It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. On Narrative Structure: Kishōtenketsu and Obokuri-Eeumi I've never been fond of the popularly taught three act structure (setup -> conflict -> resolution). It's just never really suited the kind of stories I want to tell. It's too straightforward, too "neat" in many ways. Although I appreciate a tight, cleverly plotted tale as much as anyone, my personal writing style seems to be messier, more open-ended. I don't like the classical five act structure much either (exposition -> rising action -> climax -> falling action -> resolution), though that is a bit of an improvement. It's simply not the way I organize my narratives.
Essay: On Kishōtenketsu — Nicole Lee Far away on the cold mountain, a stone path slants upwards, In the white clouds is a village, where people have their homes. I stop the carriage, loving the maple wood in the evening, The frosted leaves are redder than the second month's flowers. (Note the introduction of the poet in the third line of the poem. As well as arresting the action literally, the presence of the poet is the shift that elevates the poem towards the final, autumnal image of the flower, propelling the narrative forward and placing everything that has come before it into context in a subtle and poetic way.)
Magickless: Kishōtenketsu part 2: the trouble with Iron Man 3 My first post on Kishōtenketsu has received a fair bit of attention -- it is the second most visited page on this blog, and obviously has hit a nerve with writers and readers alike. I find myself thinking about its implications quite a bit, not just for my own tetralogy but more so in regards to my taste in film and television. Whilst the typical 3 act narrative structure can be quite effective, I have not come across one recently that has done anything other than bore me. Take the latest Iron Man movie. You may cry foul of the analysis I am about to make, and either point out that it is mere blockbuster trash not meant to be taken so seriously, or that its faults are so obvious and go far beyond its narrative structure that inspecting them serves no purpose other than to flog a dead horse..... but hear me out. Spolier alert!
Overcome kishotenketsu to improve your communication with Americans OVERCOME KISHOTENKETSU TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION WITH AMERICANSJan 21, 2013 Many Japanese businesspeople ask me how they can be more persuasive when communicating with Americans. I think the most effective technique is to drop kishotenketsu, and adopt American-style organization of ideas. Kishotenketsu is the traditional Japanese style of arranging a narrative, that is taught in Japanese schools.
Magickless: Dissecting Totoro with Kishōtenketsu I decided to start the term with something a little more challenging for my year 7 media class. These students are 12-13 year olds who have grown up with as much Gibli as Disney, so I figured they could handle having the curtain pulled aside on what makes the two most famous animation studios so very different, not just aesthetically, but philosophically. And there is no better example than My Neighbour Totoro
Kishotenketsu: a literary genre to create thinkers, or does it matter? Japanese writers are trained in a literary technique called kishotenketsu that is entirely different in structure from stories written in the Western literary model with conflict and pronounced outcome. In kishotenketsu the supporting points loop around the main point without creating a linear argument. The points are intended to only obliquely reference the main point, it is up to the reader to infer how this relates to the implied main thesis. There is no firm conclusion, only an ambiguous ending that might point to several possible outcomes. Nonviolent sff: where is it? - sciencefiction fantasy novels Please recommend to me any science fiction/fantasy novels (maybe TV shows as well) that are well written, interesting, and essentially nonviolent. "Completely violence-free" isn't necessary. I'm particularly looking for novels aimed at adults that don't rely on combat scenes to advance the narrative, generate/resolve tension, or provide Crowning Moments of Awesome.* Rationale: I've been thinking about how my humanist values are and are not reflected in my writing.
Inside the Story Magazine: Issue 2 – The Picture Smiths Visual storytelling's very first frames In our frenetic and visual world, where we are constantly assaulted with a high definition barrage of TV, Vimeo, YouTube and cinema, it is hard to imagine how the first moving images, flickering raggedly at 12 frames per second on the wall of an 1888 workshop in Leeds in England, must have appeared to their inventor, Louis Augustin Le Prince. We know moving images, despite their crude early form, had a magical quality for those who saw them. But like all media, it took people a long time to figure out what they were doing with it. It wasn't until 1903 that an American cameraman-turned-director, Edwin S.