The Narrative Arc

At one time the schematic for storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) included character(s), setting, plot, conflict, climax and resolution. They have been replaced, it seems to us, with the term Narrative Arc. Here is an illustration of the schematic and a slide show illustrating the narrative arc with the story of Cinderella.

There is more here.

Enjoy! Comments welcomed!


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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One Response to The Narrative Arc

  1. Mr. Salinger, whose work has actually appeared in The New
    Yorker and in other places, narrates well, in this situation under the special troubles of casting it through
    Holden’s very first- individual narrative.
    This was a perilous undertaking, but one that has been successfully
    accomplished. Mr. Salinger’s making of teen-age speech is wonderful: the subconscious humor, the repeatings, the jargon as well as profanity, the focus,
    all are simply. Holden’s unstable modifications
    of state of mind, his stubborn refusal to confess his own sensitiveness and feelings,
    his cheerful neglect of what is sometimes referred to
    as truth are typically and also heart breakingly


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