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#366 - The Shape of Story

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and as a visual thinker, I heartily agree, especially when it comes to story structure.

Being able to chart your story structure, character arcs and the emotional twist and turns of your plot in a visual way helps in at least 3 ways:

  1. Clarity - The process of even creating the picture in the first place requires you to actually understand and articulate the story you're trying to tell.
  2. Collaboration - Being able to physically point at different parts of the story and communicate problems, opportunities or changes also helps.
  3. Creativity - Being able to chart the structure you have and then overlay this with the structure you'd rather have can help you make better creative choices.
Hannah Leckey created this to chart the Mission Impossible franchise...

In this issue of Cut/daily we'll learn from Kurt Vonnegut how to shape our story and how stories shape us and then, maybe, make millions of dollars.

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