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Stories and cartoon people are made bit by bit

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

I’ve been teaching storytelling for a couple of years now, and have discovered there is a particular shape that produces really compelling and interesting tales.

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  1. Setting/Situation
  2. Inciting incident (usually first attempt toward goal, or a motivation to start trying to accomplish goal. More here)
  3. Try (character tries something to get to their goal)
  4. Fail (something goes wrong)
  5. Try
  6. Fail
  7. Try
  8. Fail
  9. Crises (all is lost, the goal will never be accomplished!)
  10. Climax (character figures out a way! or gets rescued)
  11. Resolution (how is character’s life changed by this success?)
  12. Moral of the story is (punchline)
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  • Yes but
  • The bear does find honey, but there are a lot of angry bees there!

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Designing business, and the business of design. www.eleganthack.com

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