Shape of Stories

A lecture from Kurt Vonnegut about how to analyze and critique fictional stories. By graphing the plot along two axes, Good to Bad and Beginning to Entropy, you can visualize the story and compare their shapes to other stories. It also shows that stories seldom tell the truth that we don’t know what the good news is and what the bad news is.

Watch Shape of Stories via YouTube.

See also:

  • Story telling is also important for business writing. The Minto Pyramid Principle helps deliver the message, but SCQA could also be thought of as the same axes as the shape of stories.