By: Creative Writing with the Cirmson League, Victoria Grefer
Today’s post is all about patterns in fiction and in creative writing. And here’s why:
Lately, I’ve been researchingthe Myers-Briggs classification I test as pretty much every time I take any Myers-Briggs test: INFJ.Turns out it’s rare (around 1% or less of the population).
A WHOLE lot of the basic INFJ description does apply aptly to me, if I’m honest. The good and the bad/the weaknesses. (Avoid confrontation, much????). But one of the coolest things I’ve noticed–an INFJ niche that I definitely fill–is an affinity for patterns.
INFJs see patterns when they exist. We might create them where they don’t. Our memories are largely pattern-structured: we remembers the patterns of the past. (Honestly, I see a real connection between patterns and my need for routine as well. I thrive with a routine. Always have. I don’t extemporize well and I am NOT impulsive. At all.)
I have definitely, always, loved patterns and have been apt to form/see them. In books as well as elsewhere. It’s one of the things that helped me as a graduate student in literature. I was able to “create” a pattern between multiple texts or sections of a text and use that to connect them, then write papers about the connection I had seen.
But, this is a creative writing blog. So this post is about patterns in fiction. I wanted to share what I feel are some of the most common patterns to be found in stories. Patterns we authors can make use of.
This type of pattern generally revolves around one character. Perhaps a protagonist. It involves varying adventures or episodes, or plots and schemes, that might look different on the surface and seem unrelated, but ultimately have the same root cause:
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