All this week Melissa Stark is featuring analyses of various books in her Elemental Story Telling blog event. The idea is for authors to view their plot through the lens of the Periodic Table of Storytelling and create a “molecule” that reflects how the tropes and other story elements relate to one another.
What is a trope? It is a familiar story element. In a Regency novel it might be:
- Impoverished earl needs a wealthy wife
- Injured hero
- Marriage of convenience
There are few if any totally original plot points. Authors all pick and choose and fit them together creatively. A novel might for example use all three of those bullet points. What results would be unique to the author’s creation.
Each of the authors featured in this even created a graphic “molecule” with the elements of her story and an explanation for them.
Look for Dangerous Secrets to be featured later this week.