Seven easy Pieces of a tidy story line
Joseph Siry after George Lakoff


Seven essential parts to an effective narrative.

Preconditions – what we need to know.

The buildup – events leading up to the point.

The main event – what the narrative is about.

The purpose – what is achieved or its meaning.

The wind-down – events that end the process.

The result – the final context of the events (embedding).

The later consequences – an eventual aftermath.


George Lakoff

"Temporal structure of the narrative"

The Political Mind, 2009.

All references:

Edward R. Murrow, Harvest of Shame

Rose, Social Stratification in the US

Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

Greider, Come Home, America

Lakoff, The Political Mind


Fox, precise use of language

Bowers, political ideology of just relations

Bullard, environmental justice, ethnicity and race


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