Is anyone aware of different types of plot structures or story structures. I know there is the hero's journey format, and the whole inciting incident, rising action, climax, resolution, etc. I think there is also the three act version, with the setup, confrontation, and resolution.
But it's probably possible to form a plot or a story with a different type of formula right? I think this can depend on what exactly the story is about. Like, the Lord of the Rings would have a vastly different structure than say, Fahrenheit 451 or 1984.
I suppose there are more linear versions, or the circular type as the hero's journey seems to imply.
Anyone have their own little twists or story formulas they like to use?
Or even their own formulas for weaving subplots into the larger plot and story. I find this topic very interesting.
I think for my fantasy stories I have mostly found a basic formula that I like, but this might have to change for something, if I wrote a horror story per say.
Being a cyoa site, does anyone like to swtich it up depending on what branch a reader might pick, if it vastly alters the story. It seems like it would be easier to keep all the different branches and outcomes organized using the same formula. But I know some of you like to do some crazy cool shit with that, so I would like to hear your opinions and whatnot.
I highly recommend this very short (less than 5 minutes) lecture by Kurt Vonnegut.
The Shape of Stories
I have never seen anything like this before but it is amazing.
I will be keeping this somewhere easily accessible.
My mind does not usually think in terms of curvy lines so a chart like this would be fun to play around with.
Thats my favorite stucture!
Ah, I didn't take the early ends into consideration but I suppose those could sort of play a role in the overall formula.
Anything specific you like to mess with structure wise in your stories?
Or you could just write a story with no formula in mind and see where it takes you. Just a thought.
I find that works best writing something on paper
then developing it into something better later