Events – stories within stories
We continue the Rhetoric of Story with the fifth element – events! What are stories made of? Not words, not pictures, but events. And what are events made of? More events.
- Stories are made of events.
- Our mind pays close attention to events, times when reality does not meet expectation.
- Events are linked by chains of cause and effect.
- Once you know the events of a story, it can be told on any scale.
- Stories are fractal, they contain other stories, and are part of bigger stories.
- Events are described within stories as scenes.
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Choose a story you like and know well, a film, book, play or other story you have experienced many times. List the key events of the story. Try to capture the cause and effect that connects the events. Now find a friend, and in just a few minutes, tell them the story.
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