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THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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About This Guide
The Plays and Playwrights

Technical Considerations
Genre
Style
Dramatic Focus
Rules of the Game
Framework
Stage
Other Script Elements

The Big Picture
Title
Characters
Offstage Population
Plot
Character Arcs
Story Arc and Main Event
Subject and Theme
Dialogue
Visual Imagery

World of the Characters
Physical Realm
Emotional Environment
Social Context
Laws and Customs
Economics
Power Structure
Spiritual Realm
Backstory

Steps of the Journey
Point of Attack
Inciting Event and Quest
Central Conflict
What’s at Stake
Strategies and Tactics
Pointers and Plants
Reversals
Crisis Decision
Climax and Resolution


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Type of story
How characters and events are depicted
Main character and point of view
How things work in this particular story
Act and scene divisions, including French scenes
Directions Instructions for staging the play
What’s in the script besides the play


Meaning and function of title
Who causes the story to happen
Who influences the story from offstage
Synopsis and chain of events
Character entrances, exits, and transitions
Most important thing that happens
What the story is about
Language characteristics and indigenous terms
How images reveal story


The setting and what’s in it
General mood or atmosphere
Key circumstances, values, and beliefs
Social rules that affect behavior
How characters are influenced by money or lack of it
Who is in charge and who isn’t
Presence or absence of the supernatural
The past that affects the present


How the play begins
What triggers the protagonist’s dramatic journey
Key obstacles to the protagonist’s success
The protagonist’s reason to act
How the protagonist tries to complete the quest
Preparation tools to engage the audience
Turning points in the story
The protagonist’s most difficult decision
Showdown and final destination