Rhetoric of Story – Part Seven

Structure – the key to complex storytelling The sixth element of the Rhetoric of Story is the key to telling stories at longer lengths and greater complexity. Without a clear structure, novels and plays are unlikely to hold the attention of an audience for any length of time. Structure is bigger than any single writerContinue reading “Rhetoric of Story – Part Seven”

Rhetoric of Story – Part Six

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.Continue reading “Rhetoric of Story – Part Six”

Rhetoric of Story – Part Five

Conflict – why can’t we all just get along? The fourth element of the Rhetoric of Story – conflict! Why can’t we all just get along? And even if we did, why stories would still always contain conflict. The important ideas introduced in this lecture include: Conflict arises inevitably because al humans have their own,Continue reading “Rhetoric of Story – Part Five”

Rhetoric of Story – Part Four

Other – the web of relationship This lecture in the Rhetoric of Story introduces the third of seven foundational elements of storytelling – the other. The key ideas introduced in this lecture are: how do stores that travel through time? as humans we are fascinated by the relationships between people. archetypal relationships repeat again and again inContinue reading “Rhetoric of Story – Part Four”

Rhetoric of Story – Part Three

Self – the engine of story This lecture in the Rhetoric of Story explores the second of seven foundational elements of storytelling – self. The key ideas introduced in this lecture are: every story has at its heart a hero, a protagonist, a central character – a self. we make sense of the world by tellingContinue reading “Rhetoric of Story – Part Three”

Rhetoric of Story – Part Two

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 byContinue reading “Rhetoric of Story – Part Two”

Introduction to the Rhetoric of Story

What is the Rhetoric of Story? This section contains a few important ideas to take away: The course covers the seven basic elements of storytelling that comprise the “rhetoric of story”. Storytelling has a very long history, new techniques are always being developed, but the basic elements of story remain the same. Rhetoric is theContinue reading “Introduction to the Rhetoric of Story”

All stories are fractal. Here’s why.

The best storytelling has a unique quality. Wherever your enter the story from, if you switch on the tv and start watching 20 minutes in, or catch a single scene in isolation, or (heresy!) skip to the end and read the final pages, the story engages your interest. Even if you don’t understand the wholeContinue reading “All stories are fractal. Here’s why.”

What is the rhetoric of story?

It’s that moment when you look up from Lord of the Rings, and it hits you, BLIMEY! I’m not in Middle Earth. It’s the feeling when the lights go up after three hours of King Lear and you remember you’re not a tragic hero. It’s the sensation of being so lost in the world orContinue reading “What is the rhetoric of story?”