Friday, February 10, 2006

Enter Pirates

Let us assume there are only finitely many story structures. That helps the writer who has a small imagination. The writer can reduce the amount work and save a lot of time by picking from a menu.

Let us assume there only a finite number of character types in literature. That also helps.

We can identify more categories and their elements and build a story menu from them. Those of us whose brains are not up to the task can buy software with the menu included.

Now that we have catalogued the tradition what is left for the writer to do? How about those troublesome voice and vision things that might insert themselves into a story? What is the menu for those items?

Then there are those words that remain to be written such as, “enter pirates.”

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