The shapes of stories

Following on from last Friday's post on books about story structure, here's something a little more graphical. 

Here's Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories:

And here's a lovely infographic by Maya Eilam that illustrates the kinds of points that he makes in his mini-lecture (poster versions of this are available on Eilam's website):

On a related point, PIxar storyboarder Emma Coats tweeted 22 Rules for Phenomenal Storytelling. Here's a video that runs you through the 22:

And here's a short video where Emma Coats is interviewed on what makes a great story:

And lastly for this time out, here's a Sesame Street video with a quirky Talking Heads-ish song explaining the three act structure:


My novel The Prospect of This City is out now. It's available in paperback from my website (signed if that's your preference!) and in ebook and paperback via Amazon