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Storytelling Technique, Western Culture Edition

Applies to around 95 % of popular books, movies, tv-shows, or video games. Add meta bonus for rationalizations in literature vs. genre / highbrow vs. lowbrow manifestos.

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German »Tatort«: Learn the Elements of Dramatic Structure in Less Than Three Minutes!

I just love everything meta-.

Steve Jobs at Stanford (2005)

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”: Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address 2005

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.”

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“The gleaming synthetic permapolish leather holster held a proton blaster. Bat Durston pulled out the deadly weapon and thumbed the power pack release.”

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Narrativity and Diachronic vs. Episodic Self-Experience: Observing the Self

Is that a Cartesian Theater which I see before me? What Strawson’s self-observation lacks in methodology, it makes up for with psychological entitlement.


Inception Dream Architecture: Infographic Contest Winner

I started to try and sketch Inception’s dramatic structure (in words, not in pictures), and this greatly helps: Co.Design’s Inception Infographic Contest!

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Narrativity and Diachronic vs. Episodic Self-Experience: Reading Literature

If that’s all the witnesses and the testimony you can muster in your favor, you might as well try and get to Mexico while you still have time.

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Narrativity and Diachronic vs. Episodic Self-Experience: Checking the Evidence

You’d think when Strawson takes on the psychological Narrativity thesis and lets loose with both barrels, he’d load his gun with something substantial.

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Narrativity and Diachronic vs. Episodic Self-Experience: Setting the Scene

According to Strawson, life is experienced in a “diachronic” or “episodic” kind of way: the former is compatible with psychological narrativity, the latter not.

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Dramatic Conflict and the Future of Science Fiction

Dramatic conflict in science fiction connects to advanced aspects of a future society. With our accelerating technological progress, this is becoming difficult.

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Travesty, Parody, and Advertising with a Purpose: #Prop8

Travesty is a powerful form of storytelling not despite, but because we know what’s going to happen. We’re already on the lookout for what’s different.

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Turns and Flashbacks, Junctions as Junctures

Flashbacks are a powerful storytelling device, especially when used for missed turns and missed junctions-as-junctures.

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Diegesis (“Excuse me sir, a what?”)

Diegesis is a technical term literature can do without. Mimesis too, but we should keep that one simmering on the back of the stove for historical reasons.

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What’s in a Tale

While there certainly are differences between a tale and a story, they’re not necessarily what James Hull makes them out to be.

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Foreboding, Part II

Two foreboding techniques tested in (pen & paper) roleplaying storytelling that were supposed to raise suspense and broaden the picture, but failed miserably.

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Foreboding, Part I

To raise suspense early on before readers can identify with the characters, some use foreboding techniques in form of digressions. This has some drawbacks.

Stephen King: It

The Little Boat of Horrors

The exposition of Stephen King’s It is a great example how to switch from summarizing to real-time action and back again to create suspense by superior pacing.

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Tell, Don’t Tell

Writers never show, they tell—but often fall for the cinematography metaphor of fiction writing. Good pacing consists of both narration and summarization.