Recently, I’ve been revisiting this three-mood approach to story patterns (last posted about here Observation Journal — Story Patterns). I will probably continue to do so. [And later edits are indicated with a note and/or italics.]
Current thoughts are that breaking a short story into three big moods has proved useful in several ways. These include:
- Recording my impression of a short story I’ve read.
- [Edited to add:] Understanding story structure.
- Borrowing a cage to trap a story idea, or a frame to train the story to grow on.
- Guided extrapolation.
I’ve outlined these more below:
(A caveat, as ever, that I use “mood” very broadly, to include mood, texture, tone, trope, attitude, posture, allusion, reaction…)Continue reading