Stories and Structure by Joan Vinall-Cox
Story Basics <ul><li>Why stories are powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Story patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Story rhythms </li></ul>
Bred in the Bone <ul><li>We humans create stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s how we think! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Psst! Did you hear about… <ul><li>Gossip, news, the spin … </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific formulas, math equations </li></ul...
The Plot Sickens… <ul><li>Chronicles vs. Plots </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronicle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A list </li>...
What is a Story ? <ul><li>The difference between a story and a chronicle  </li></ul><ul><li>is cause and effect </li></ul>...
A Chronicle <ul><li>The queen died. </li></ul><ul><li>Then the king died. </li></ul>
A Story (with a plot) <ul><li>The queen died </li></ul><ul><li>Then the king died  of grief! </li></ul><ul><li>Two actions...
All stories have plots <ul><li>With a story, the viewer wants to know the causes –  </li></ul><ul><li>why? </li></ul><ul><...
What is a Plot? <ul><li>A plot is a blueprint of human behavior </li></ul><ul><li>A plot is made up of patterns of feeling...
Plots & riddles <ul><li>Essentially plots are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>riddles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mysteries </li></ul...
Story Structure <ul><ul><li>the dramatic structure is powerful! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The story rhythm </li></ul>...
Aristotle said it first! <ul><li>No serious disagreement since Aristotle wrote about Drama  over 2000 years ago </li></ul>...
Rising Action & Turning Points <ul><li>A story can be diagrammed  </li></ul><ul><li>Act 1 Act 2 Act 3   Climax & </li></ul...
Story Rhythm <ul><li>Not only for the whole story </li></ul><ul><li>For each sub-plot  </li></ul><ul><li>For each individu...
Interactive Stories <ul><li>We always bring our expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We choose our favorite plots </li></ul>...
Story Basics  <ul><li>Humans ‘ story ’ – it’s innate </li></ul><ul><li>Plot creates meaning – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>percep...
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Story and Meaning

  1. 1. Stories and Structure by Joan Vinall-Cox
  2. 2. Story Basics <ul><li>Why stories are powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Story patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Story rhythms </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bred in the Bone <ul><li>We humans create stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s how we think! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Like seeing images in an ink-blot </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We link events into a plot </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We organize what we perceive to create </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meaning </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Psst! Did you hear about… <ul><li>Gossip, news, the spin … </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific formulas, math equations </li></ul><ul><li>ALL are STORIES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>with implicit or explicit plots </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Plot Sickens… <ul><li>Chronicles vs. Plots </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronicle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning (The Set Up) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle (Where Significant Change Occurs) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>End (Definitely Different) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What is a Story ? <ul><li>The difference between a story and a chronicle </li></ul><ul><li>is cause and effect </li></ul><ul><li>A chronicle is a list of events </li></ul><ul><li>A story has a plot – a pattern of cause & effect </li></ul>
  7. 7. A Chronicle <ul><li>The queen died. </li></ul><ul><li>Then the king died. </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Story (with a plot) <ul><li>The queen died </li></ul><ul><li>Then the king died of grief! </li></ul><ul><li>Two actions united by answering the question Why? </li></ul>
  9. 9. All stories have plots <ul><li>With a story, the viewer wants to know the causes – </li></ul><ul><li>why? </li></ul><ul><li>who? </li></ul><ul><li>what? </li></ul><ul><li>and maybe when? </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is a Plot? <ul><li>A plot is a blueprint of human behavior </li></ul><ul><li>A plot is made up of patterns of feelings and actions </li></ul><ul><li>A plot makes connections, makes events meaningful </li></ul>
  11. 11. Plots & riddles <ul><li>Essentially plots are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>riddles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mysteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a game played between audience & writer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with clues </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Story Structure <ul><ul><li>the dramatic structure is powerful! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The story rhythm </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Aristotle said it first! <ul><li>No serious disagreement since Aristotle wrote about Drama over 2000 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>There is a story rhythm! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First act = ¼ of the time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second act = 1/2 of the time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third act = ¼ of the time </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Rising Action & Turning Points <ul><li>A story can be diagrammed </li></ul><ul><li>Act 1 Act 2 Act 3 Climax & </li></ul><ul><li>Set up Transition Resolution </li></ul>
  15. 15. Story Rhythm <ul><li>Not only for the whole story </li></ul><ul><li>For each sub-plot </li></ul><ul><li>For each individual scene, too </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Probably innate too </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Interactive Stories <ul><li>We always bring our expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We choose our favorite plots </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Even with new technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the same patterns, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the same rhythms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games give choices at the traditional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Turning Points </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Story Basics <ul><li>Humans ‘ story ’ – it’s innate </li></ul><ul><li>Plot creates meaning – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>perception shapes and is shaped by plot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention created by the dramatic rhythm </li></ul></ul>

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