| David Gane

See Story Run

The way we teach story is broken.

We continue relying on an old model, which looks something like this:

You probably saw this in English class. It’s Freytag’s pyramid, from Gustav Freytag, a playwright and novelist, who tried to force story into a particular structure.

It doesn’t allow for complexity or uniqueness or simplicity and it sure doesn’t answer a lot of questions of how story works.

Why does this matter?

Story is a way to see and understand the world. The more we can move story analysis out of the abstract and into the practical, the more we can find meaning in it.

Whether story is complex or straightforward, the more we can connect it to ourselves and our world.

(Photo by Angelina Litvin)

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