A Cool Non-Linear Model of Storytelling

A Cool Non-Linear Model of Storytelling

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

 

Nonlinear narrative has been around forever, but it has been considered  inferior, erroneous, complicated – and not in a good way – when compared to linear narrative. Of course, now we might see it as quite special, we might welcome the challenge and unpredictability of a non-linear narrative.

In Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino made us follow three stories at once, each one belting forward, stomping backward, side tracking and generally crisscrossing (I love this movie, btw). The possibilities for nonlinear narrative are endless. I wanted to find out some way of doing this without driving myself crazy and well, when


Non-Linear Storytelling
Non-Linear Model of Storytelling

by Adam Brackin

So, what do you think of non-linear storytelling? Do you use it in your writing? Do you enjoy reading/watching it? What do you think of this fab model?

Comments

  1. It has always been a challenge for authors to get accepted through non-linear model of storytelling by the mainstream readers but recent trends in readers’ taste are encouraging and in my opinion, near future we might see more novels of this kind.

  2. I like non-linear movie, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that is non-linear. Do you know of any that are? I’d be interested in checking them out.

    The little storytelling flash made me dizzy! :P
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  3. This is an amazing mode to storytelling, but you need to be REALLY good at it in order for it to work. A few misplaced words here or there can turn it very quickly into a jumbled mish-mash (is mish-mash a real word? Well, my six-year-old thinks it is, anyway).

    I would never attempt it personally but when it’s well done, I love to read it.
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