Season 3 is continues! We’re combining Nora’s passion for history with Sue’s passion for story structure — giving you a historical story and pointing out the structural elements that make it compelling.
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Season 3, Episode 5: Joan d’Arc
Nora tells the story of Joan of Arc whole breathing like Darth Vader. Sue points out the 5 commandments of story telling and there’s even a special guest appearance by Moana/Alma.
To look at the story structure, I’m using what Shawn Coyne calls the “Five Commandments of Storytelling.”
Here are the five commandments:
- Inciting incident – An exciting thing that kicks off a story
- Progressive complications – a series of events that make the story more, well, complicated –these can be either negative or positive
- Crisis – a question that must be answered by a choice being made
- Climax – what happens when the choice is made
- Resolution – the ultimate results of that choice
Things we mention that you should check out:
- Our mailing list! Sign up today and you’ll get cool subscriber only perks like bonus material and artwork, including an advance copy of my forthcoming novel, The Cat, the Cash, the Leap and the List.
- Shawn Coyne and the Story Grid. There’s a whole story grid universe: website, book and two podcasts: The Story Grid and the Story Grid Editors Roundtable.
- If you want to learn more about Joan of Arc, you can start with this book: Joan of Arc: The Teenager Who Saved Her Nation.(That’s an afflicate link, by the way.) I can only assume this is where Nora read about it because we have this book checked out from the library right now.
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