Story Arcs

Kurt V is a great exponent of the story narrative that brings and puts, in a nutshell, a story narrative, showing some complexities.

The story arc in Romeo and Juliette: exposition introduces the setting, characters

Raising action characters struggling with problems.

Climax the tensest moment of a story and the character faces a crisis

Falling action moves the plot to the climax toward

Resolution returns the story to final

The basic structure of all stories is the same. Joseph Campell developed the monomyth also known as The Hero’s journey. In years of study, Campell concluded that there are characteristics of an effective story and those are consistent regardless of Religion, Race, time, or ancestry. Dan Harmon helped anyone to build a story thanks to his Story Circle: a distillation of the monomyth into eight steps, universal for any story in any medium.

The characters in a story are defined and described as: protagonists or antagonists, they can be dynamic or static and round or flat:

  1. Protagonist is the main character (good or bad)
  2. Antagonist: stand against the protagonist but can have something to learn or redeem
  • Dynamic: experiences inner growth/change and learns
  • Static: no growth or change, repeats action no lesson learnt
  • Round: developed, understood, life like, deep relatability
  • Flat, undeveloped, one dimensional, minimum insight

8 Archetypes

Is rather a position on the world that our characters are playing

  1. Hero: protagonist or central character that separates from the ordinary world and sacrifices himself for the service of the journey. Answer the challenge and completes the quest and restores the Ordinary world’s balance. We experience the journey through the Hero’s eyes
  2. Mentor: provide motivations, insights, and training to help the hero
  3. Threshold guardian: protects the Special World and its secret from the hero and provides essential test to prove the Hero’s commitment and worth
  4. Herald announces changes that are going to happen
  5. Shapeshifter: they can go good side and bad side and keeps everyone on edge
  6. Shadow: opposite of the hero, different everything
  7. Trickster: is funny make us laugh but their function and force a change. Although they may not change during their journey, they keep the hero going on
  8. Allies: represent the virtues of the hero and can be individual or a team

Where does the story lead?

The ending can make or break a story. Also, this part is crucial for the story development. You want your audience to see the story again or tell more people to see it and increase the audience. Sometimes happen that unsatisfaction with the ending is because you experience with a more sensitive way.

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