The Shape of A Story
September 12, 2011
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Readers know the “shape” of a story from reading it. Writers must “craft” that shape.
Like most aspects of writing, there are varied avenues leading to the destination–each story could be seen as shaping itself.
In a very broad artistic sense, the shape could be called the Dramatic Structure–how the story moves from one point to another.
Many authors speak of their “Story Arc” and, if you try a Google search for that, good luck with interpreting how all the conflicting views can be correlated…
As I’ve indicated before, I’m using Google Plus a lot these days. Recently, I noticed that Michael Kelly had shared a link that Paul Carroll saw in his Stream and shared with me.
The link lead to a video of Kurt Vonnegut talking about the shape of stories.
While quite humorous, I, as a writer, found the demonstration rooted in an often over-complexified Truth:
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