Tuesday, July 7, 2009

two notes for Storytelling 101

1. The opinions of the characters may not be the opinions of the author.

2. The situation at the beginning should be different than the situation at the end. This applies to the three basic plots (action, relationship, and maturation) and to the exploration of ideas.

No, I won't tell you which blogger knows surprisingly little about stories. If she was the only one, I wouldn't bother posting this.


  1. Ahhh, I read this and it sounds like a challenge. (The second one.) I actually think it would be exceedingly fun to have everything the same in the end. In fact, that's a marvelous thing to have happen. Life is glorious or satisfying in the beginning, something happens to screw it up, then hera/hero fixes it, things are the same again. Yes, you could argue that they aren't really the same, but I actually think much of life and much of storytelling is about getting back to that wonderful balance point that we remember in our lives as paradise (or close to it).

    (By the way, it is close to impossible to leave comments on your blog lately. Can't do it at all when in Camino.)

  2. Odd about comments. I'll hope that improves.

    And, yeah, this could be a challenge, 'cause laws are made to be broken.

    Well, not "broken", but I don't believe in absolute laws. I believe in general principles, things that usually work. Still, I think a story in which everything is exactly the same at the end wouldn't be as satisfying as one in which someone is a little wiser or sadder or happier than before.