Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Storytelling


When creating any piece of fictional literature it is imperative the writer first considers the nature of narrative conflict in the potential work. By recognizing the fundamental devices used to propel a story one can streamline the action and heighten the emotional impact. According to Aristotle, in order to hold the interest, the hero must have a single conflict. The agon, or act of conflict, involves the protagonist (literally: the "first fighter") and the antagonist. The easier it is for the protagonist to triumph, the less value there is in the drama. Here, then, are the basic narrative conflicts, or antagonists, a work must present:

Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Machine
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Raab Himself
Man vs. Wolfman
Man vs. Time Wolfman
Man vs. Carbs
Man vs. Melm

Choose wisely.

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