The Nutshell Crisis and Triumph

Staci Troilo is featured today on Story Empire with another of her very interesting and informative posts on the “Nutshell” Method of writing. If you’re like me, this is something you may not know about at all, or know only in the broadest of terms, so I urge you to drop by and take a look at writing Crisis and Triumph the Aristotelean way. I think you’ll be glad you did, and I hope you’ll share so others can learn, too. Thanks, and thanks to Staci for such an interesting series. 🙂

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Comedy Tragedy

Ciao, SEers. I’ve been walking you through Jill Chamberlain’s Nutshell method. If you’ve missed earlier posts, you can find them here:

Last time, we saw how the set-up want related to the crisis or triumph (depending on whether you were writing an Aristotelean comedy or tragedy, respectively). Today, we’re going to look at those elements more closely.

The Aristotelean Comedy and the Crisis

In an Aristotelean comedy, the protagonist’s trajectory through the story looks like a V. Each problem takes them deeper into the hole. For every victory earned, there’s a bigger setback. Then he or she reaches the crisis. This occurs at the 75% mark of the story and is his or her lowest point. It is the exact opposite of where he or she started at the set-up want.

As the protagonist moved…

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