Vonnegut's Story Shapes

Daily #308 | Applying Vonnegut's 8 Story Types

Overview

  • Kurt Vonnegut’s famous storytelling lecture

  • Vonnegut’s “Shape of Stories” storytelling framework

  • The simplicity of Nathan Baugh’s World Builder newsletter

  • How I cleaned up my own newsletter by learning from both Nathan and Kurt

I saw an X post recently about Kurt Vonnegut, a professor who explains stories in an extremely efficient way. And if you know anything about being human, we’re wired for stories — so it plays out in all areas of our lives involving communication.

Vonnegut plots his stories on two axes: X for time and Y for good or bad fortune. People love stories where someone gets into trouble and then out of it, which is incredibly fitting for micropreneurs.

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