Writing Prompt: Kishotenketsu

Writing Prompt: Kishotenketsu Story Structure on Vision Writers Group Official WebsiteFor the first writing prompt of the new year I thought I’d challenge you to try something new.

Most of us should be familiar with three act structure which most movies and books use. A lot of people might also be familiar with five act structure. But have you heard of kishotenketsu structure before?

Kishotenketsu is a story structure used in Japan, China, and Korea. It isn’t conflict driven like three and five act structures are and uses a four-beat system where the first two beats are set-up, the third is a twist/complication, and the fourth the resolution which ties it all together.

To gain a better understanding you’re going to have to do, dun-dun-dahn, research! Here are some articles I used when writing my first kishotenketsu structured story:

Before you panic too much about tackling something so unfamiliar, you can find a blend. My story Hanabi to Kitsune uses both kishotenketsu and three-act structure (though more strongly kishotenketsu, but with some conflict so it could sell in a western market (which it did)).

So challenge yourself to do something new and try writing a story using kishotenketsu structure. Feel free to put any links in the comments to the work you produce from this prompt, we’d love to see what you do.

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie Olley was the President of Vision Writers Group during 2015-2018, has had ten short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website http://www.storybookperfect.com/
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