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Narrative Structure

By Nick Goodenough

Introduction

Pulling stories apart so we can put them back together, a look at the building blocks of narrative.

Nick Goodenough — I ate the wonder-wonder fruit and now I'm an idea man.

1 Pixar's 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

When Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted out 22 storytelling tips, something interesting happened. It was as if the curtain was lifted to reveal the heart of a mysterious, magical, and inspiring player in filmmaking, and many screenwriters (I was one of them), treated this small collection of advice as a lost book of the storytelling bible. Stephan Vladimir Bugaj,

2 Interaction of narrative structure & page layout in understanding comics

Center for Research in Language, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USAHow do people make sense of the sequential images in visual narratives like comics? A growing literature of recent research has suggested that this comprehension involves the interaction of multiple systems: The creation of meaning across sequential images relies on a "narrative grammar" that packages conceptual information

4 Character-Driven or Action-Driven?

By Martha Alderson, M.A. Most writers have a preference for one style of writing over another. Some writers are more adept at developing complex, interesting, and quirky characters. Others excel at page-turning action. The lucky ones are writers who are good at creating both the Character Emotional Development plotline and the Dramatic Action plotline. Become aware of your strength and

5 Beyond Genres: Character, Plot and World-Driven...

Repost from for consolidation purposes. My taste in books spans far and wide. With the single exception of westerns, I'll read any genre. Romance? Yep, been there. (A few writers actually do a wonderful job here.) Sci-fi? Call Mom and tell her I won't be home tonight. Fantasy? Wee. As I descend into book-alcoholism, I consider myself a bit of

Added by Nick Goodenough: “Understand the core building blocks story and how they interact. (Settings, Events, Goals, Attempts, Outcomes, Reactions)

7 The Causal Network Model

This volume provides an excellent overview of the field of discourse processes, capturing both its breadth and its depth. World-renowned researchers present the latest theoretical developments and thought-provoking empirical data. In doing so, they cover a broad range of communicative activities, including text comprehension, conversational communication, argumentation, television or media viewing, and more.

8 The Story Spine

A guest post by Kenn Adams. Kenn is a teacher, author and the Artistic Director of Synergy Theater.I created the Story Spine in 1991 and, over the years, I've been thrilled to watch more and more people use it, teach it, discuss it, and even modify it in order to make it their own. One of my favorite modifications is

Added by Nick Goodenough: “The Importance of ‘Therefore’ and ‘But': Writing Advice from South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone

9 The Importance of ‘Therefore’ and ‘But': Writing Advice from South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone

In 2014 iconic animated series South Park turns 17 years old. Since debuting in August 1997, over 240 episodes have gone to air and the show has won five Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America included South Park in its 101 Best-Written Shows Ever. With its highly controversial story lines, South Park may have as many

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