The Narrative Arc
I have recently been researching diagrams to represent the Narrative Arc. My memoir, based partly on childhood memories, needed to be restructured. I’m not one of these clever writers who map out their story-line up front.
One diagram, from the Storyboard That site for teachers and students, was clean and simple, based on Freytag’s Pyramid. There are many examples of narrative arc diagrams—all originating from Aristotle’s ideas on Poetics—often with only minor variations.
Here is an example by a well-known Australian writer, Kate Forsyth.