Vonnegut’s Six Shapes of Story, and How It Can Help Yours

According to Kurt Vonnegut, every story can be lumped into one of six categories. That’s what he postulated in his rejected master’s thesis.

Vonnegut maps out the shapes of stories, with equal parts irreverence and perceptive insight, along the “G-I axis” of Good Fortune and Ill Fortune and the “B-E axis” of Beginning and Entropy. Here is an excerpt from one of his lectures. Enjoy 😉

Graphic designer Maya Eilam has creatively re-imagined Vonnegut’s graphical theory of story in this very nice infographic. You can find more of her work here.

Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories

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