Here is a great little summary of basic story plots. I don’t have much to add other than to say it is important to realize that almost all stories that are complete follow one of these. If your story doesn’t, you might want to double check that its a full and complete tale with a crisis and a resolution.
That, of course, is not to say that all stories are the same. Fiction is largely derivative; it cannot help but be so. We come to writing with strong influence from the stories and writing we like. We emulate what we like, whether we intend it or not. Even so, creativity can take us beyond rote repetition. That is our job as storytellers, to re-envision these classic tales in new ways.
From Christopher Booker’s book “Seven Basic Plots” – his premise is that seven archetypal themes recur in every kind of storytelling.
Relevant for blog posts that start with a story. Pick one of these and run with it. Read Alex Linberger in this post. This is where I heard it first.
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