Saturday, May 29, 2021

What is the Shape of Your Story?


Kurt Vonnegut was a renowned novelist and satirist best known for Cat’s Cradle, a satire on modern man and the fate of our planet, required reading in many high schools, and Slaughterhouse-Five, a science fiction novel involving jumps in time and aliens. Below is a link for his talk on The Shapes of Stories.

Using humor and a chalkboard, he explains the shapes of some familiar story plots, for example, boy meets girl and Cinderella. Other story plots are succinctly explained and graphed in the text. A video is included in the link.

Also included on Amanda Patterson’s post are links for writing tips from Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming, Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe.

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