Change – where all story begins and ends
The first full lecture in the Rhetoric of Story introduces the first of seven foundational elements of storytelling – change. The key ideas introduced in this lecture are:
- the quality that helped one story live for over 5000 years
- our brains make sense of constant change by telling stories
- all stories are about change, but many stories maintain equilibrium
- the different tiers of of change – physical, social, interior
- the BIG and SMALL story inside every story
- archetypal human change is the core of powerful storytelling
- we turn to storytellers to give meaning to change
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The I-Ching : Book of Changes. An ancient Chinese text often used for divination. Each of the book’s 64 hexagrams describe an archetypal change in human life, a fascinating read in any context, but consider how any one of these could be used as the basis of a great story!
Think about a time in your life when you have experienced major change. Write a single page describing the the events that lead up to this change, the details of what happened, and the events that followed.
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