A Note on the Cell Structure of Narrative

It seems that every satisfying narrative, fiction or nonfiction, contains each and all of these elements:

THE OBJECT OF DESIRE: The object that provokes an actor to action.

THE OBSTACLE AND/OR THREAT: That which stands between the actor and the success of the action.

THE DEFINING MOMENT: The moment in which the actor does something absolutely irrevocable, no turning back.

THE BREAKTHROUGH: The immediate consequences of THE DEFINING MOMENT.

THE AFTERMATH: The meaning of the action fully revealed and/or understood.

Note that the actor in a narrative is not always the same creature as the “character” in fiction — although often it is.


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