Seven is an important number.
In my blog post Writing: The Way of The Warrior I correlated the seven underlying principles of bushido with writing.
The number “seven” again takes on importance in Christopher Booker’s “The Seven Basic Plots: Why we tell stories”.
Part One reviews the seven classical plot types. Here are the seven basic plots:
1. Overcoming the Monster
2. Rags to Riches
3. The Quest
4. Voyage and Return
In turn, each plot takes the Hero through five progressive stages:
1. The Call Stage
2. The Dream Stage
3. The Frustration Stage
4. The Nightmare Stage
5. The Resolution Stage
Booker’ s detail is precise and his insight into what makes a story work is invaluable, as are his many practical examples drawn from movies and novels. In this way, Booker brings a clear sense of what plot types work and why. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about their writing.
I was interested to note that I have a tendency to favour “voyage and return” or “rebirth” plots. What do you think your favourite plot type is?