Love the analogy !
The format of a story was always a mystery to me. I always had trouble understanding where the character is in the climax, or the rising action. But in the Week #4 post of Networked Narratives, there is a video by Kurt Vonnegut which explains a lot.
In this small clip, he draws two lines on the top and the bottom of a blackboard. Then he draws a line in the middle of the blackboard. He explained that the top line is where the character is most healthy, happy, and rich. The middle line is the tipping point for whether the character is going “downwards” or “upwards” in their emotional disposition. The final and bottom line is where the character is unhappy, in despair , and sick in the story. Then he used Cinderella’s emotion’s from the book Cinderella and drew a line on how her emotions fluctuated throughout the story. For example, when…
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