Sunday, February 7, 2016

Plot without Conflict

You know, I think I may have posted this essay before, years ago, but what the hey. A comparison of three-act structure and conflict with a Japanese juxtaposition story structure called kishōtenketsu.


  1. Hmmm.

    I disagree with the very basic premise of this article. In this sense, I call kishōtenketsu a vignette. No story is told; rather, a scene or character is unfolded. If that is a casualty of my "insular Westernism," as the article puts it, then so be it.

    I will say that I am impressed with the self-congratulatory tone of the article's author. If nothing else, post-modernism always seems to inflate the ego of its proponents.

    And in sincerity, I thank you for posting it, Lesli. We don't always agree but you usually give me something to think about - and this time, something to blog about.

    1. Hah, well, pleased to have been of service. I admit, I may have kind of scanned the larger cultural critique bits and focused on the story structure stuff. I've been playing around with it a bit. It's hard to get the idea of a conflict as the central thing out of one's head.

      The other thing I'd like to do at some point is try to write a story where things just improve and improve and improve. I think I should be able to do it. We'll see how it turns out.