Story arc

The elements of story:

  1. Situation
  2. Conflict
  3. Climax
  4. Resolution

This is the traditional story arc, and it has many incarnations:

While the traditional story arc is powerful and reliable, other approaches are possible:

Different story structures produce different results.

Kurt Vonnegut has fun with story shapes.

For more on technique, see storytelling. For visual storytelling, see panel-to-panel transitions.