Recently I saw this infographic about the Shapes of Stories. The idea is that when you plot out your characters ups and downs, you come up with a story arc or story steps in a recognizable pattern. This has me thinking. Take a story that either doesn’t work yet or that you haven’t been able to sell. Does it conform to one of these shapes? If not, could that be part of the problem?
You don’t hear about this idea the way you hear about Campbell’s character archetypes but if you can have character types that have spoken to people through the ages, can some similar be said about characters?
No, I don’t have any answers. I’m still just mentally playing with this idea. What do you think?