Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all time favorite authors. I’m in awe of his ability to communicate volumes in a single sentence. Especially since his sentences are so often funny on top of being so damn clever.

Here is a funny and clever clip of Mr. Vonnegut creating shapes that represent common (perhaps even archetypal) story plots.

Enjoy!

Kurt Vonnegut on The Shapes of Stories

A Closing Thought

I’m fairly confident that one could actually take the basic elements of storytelling and do a wide variety of things with them in terms of software. From coming up with uniquely relevant content suggestion engines, to guided journaling applications, and so much more.

What are your thought on the universal shapes and elements of storytelling? How could you see them being used?