Literary Laughs: The Shape of Stories

Toward the end of last week, I decided I needed to have one consistent weekly post. Having established at least that much, I figured I would continue my hunt on YouTube for writing inspiration videos or just bookish comedy in general. Funny that I should be looking for inspirational videos the same day, or a few hours, before I noticed I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (more on that soon).

Since it’s a slow-moving yet manic Monday, here’s something to tickle your brains this week: a video of Kurt Vonnegut discussing the shape of stories, that is, the plot-line arch. What you think you need for a story—a complicated plot—is broken down simply enough (you’ll heard the audience giggling throughout).

If you’re working on a story and looking for help on developing the storyline, you’ve got Vonnegut giving you options on what to do.


For more Vonnegut storylines, read a quoted transcript on Brain Pickings. I won’t spoil it too much, but the other two examples of storylines are Kafka and Hamlet.

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