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Writing and Healing Idea #26: Figuring Out the Shape of the Story

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 by

This writing idea begins with reading and it has to do with the different shapes of narrative that Arthur Frank talks about in his book, The Wounded Storyteller.

He talks about three different kinds of narratives:

  1. The restitution narrative
  2. The chaos narrative
  3. The quest narrative

The writing idea is this: to begin to explore, in writing, which kind of narrative best fits the kinds of stories you tend to tell—or perhaps like to hear.

Or perhaps it makes more sense to write to begin sorting your narratives. Are there some stories you tell that have the shape of restitution? Some that are chaotic? Some that have more of a sense of quest?