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:
- 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.
- Collaboration - Being able to physically point at different parts of the story and communicate problems, opportunities or changes also helps.
- 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.
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.