"Roland Barthes, master linguist and semiotician once said: “There are countless forms of narrative in the world.” And yet the majority of western storytellers have been ploughing just one narrative model for well over 60 years: Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey from the Hero with a Thousand Faces.
While it has its value, Campbell’s model is not a useful model for digital story design on a structural level. Down below, I offer four alternative narrative structures that we could use to design intelligent stories more fitting to our digital context."
Read the full article to find out more about these narrative forms, their differences, and how to apply these forms:
"A complex story should not be challenge to the reader or viewer, however challenging it is for the writer. Careful work in organization of your reporting, digital production and writing will help readers make sense of stories that deal with cumbersome economic or technical issues, or with soap-opera tales that present multiple characters and confusing turns."
Read the full article to find out more about these techniques that will help keep the complex story clear:
Use digital storytelling tools
Videos and photosDataTimelinesMapsCurationInteractive tools
Organizing your writing
Write as you reportUse spreadsheets"Outline" your notesWrite without your notesConsider a narrativeSharpen your focusDon't forget the basicsBe demandingReduce attributionThink of the readerIdentify and avoid detoursRead your story aloudPreview the story with a trusted readerTake a break
Two days ago I was talking with Gale Anne Hurd, the woman behind Terminator and Aliens and currently the executive producer of The Walking Dead. We were talking about storytelling and transmedia and she agreed that it was the future.
Kim Berthiaume's insight:
Storytelling is not only about "telling, it's also about listening"
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