Who is right about Story Structure?

#content #infographics #visualcommunication Jun 17, 2022
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The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.
- Carl Jung

I'm going to help you by shaving wasted years from your life.

You're going to spend a lot of time chasing Story Theorists and Gurus and buying books.

And reading.

And reading.

And then you're going to arrive at a crossroads.

Where do you go?

Do you trust Syd Field, Jengo Robinson, Michael Hauge, John Truby, ScreenwritingU, Dramatica, Jordan Dane, Barry Pearson, or Blake Snyder?

You pull your hair from the roots.

Oh My God, this is so Confusing?

Who is RIGHT about Structure?

This the problem with using English and regular languages.

You're going to get stuck in foolish journeys, not heroic ones.

There's nothing heroic about running in circles!

So, let's fix this right now.

First, you must go Visual to see what's going on.

Let's look at Syd Field's 3 Act Structure.

Let's look at Jengo Robinson's 4 Sequences.

Let's look at Michael Hauge's 6 Stages.

Let's look at John Truby's 7 Classic Steps.

Let's look at ScreenwritingU's 8 Sequences.

Let's look at Dramatica's 8 Story Plot Points.

Let's look at Jordan Dane's 9 Sequences.

Let's look at Barry Pearson's 10 Stages.

Let's look at Blake Snyder's 19 Beat Sheet Steps.

These are all wonderful and inspiring ways to Slice up a Story, but that's it.

They are approaches, nothing more.

Strip away the chaotic language (truth, perfect, better, academic, etc.) and Visual Language SHOWS US THE TRUTH.

Each approach is just another way to slice up a Story.

This is what Story looks like when you begin.

It's just ONE LINE, but when you add DOTS, you come up with an approach.

Stray from the chaotic language of competition (good, better, best) and understand each approach is ONE WAY to do something.

Truby may work for your Blog Post.

Blake may work for your next Sonnet.

Syd works for your Short Stories.

Hauge works for your Academic Essays.

Think of each approach as a Tool and use them accordingly.

Here's the TRUTH.

Stop worrying about how you slice up the story, just choose an approach and start writing.

Don't believe me?

Let's look beneath the VEIL and see Story along with the others.

Amazing, isn't it?

Each approach just add dots in different places and, as shown above, they're just GRADUAL ADDITIONS.

Over time, each new approach adds more dots, but is it better?


Not better, just different.

Find what works for you and start writing.

Remember, the world needs to hear your story!

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