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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Story Elements

Scene.
Character.
Conflict.
Climax.
Resolution.

These are the elements of every story. I mean imagine a story that takes place, well, nowhere.
Can you imagine it? No, really, try .......

It can't be done. A story can't happen without a location or scene. You need a garden or a home or a hospital room.

Every story needs a character: preferably one we love or love to hate. The characters we root for have conflicts that we hope they will overcome. Our eyes become riveted to the screen as they face their abusive father, or are tempted with a bottle of alcohol or weep at the grave of a loved one.

These are story elements and as I was reminded at The Storyline Conference last month, the same things that make up a good story also make a good life. Scene, character, conflict, climax .... all make up a good movie or book but a life.
Your life.
My life.
So how can we carve a great story out of lives...
from where we are (scene), with our family (characters), who mistreat us (conflict) despite the awesome new job we just landed (climax)?

How can we? More on this very question tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting point. I've always thought about my life as a story still being written. Each day is a new page, chapter, or even book (depending on how active the day is), and it's up to me what makes it on the page.

    Anyway, I've also been firmly entrenched on the side that living life is just as important to your writing as writing and reading every day. You have to experience things, live them, to write about them.

    Of course, that doesn't mean you have to actually stand in Middle Earth to write a story like Lord of the Rings. But, you do have to know its dimensions, know how the world works, and for that you have to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of how the real world works and its dimensions.

    Anyway, thanks for reminding me of that point! Have a great day!

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