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Season 3 Episode 24 | Recorded Jun 18th, 2020

How to Write a Story about Gaslighting

When psychological manipulation weaves its way into story structure

Gaslighting is an act whereby the abuser alters reality through perception. Using Max Egger's recent film The Lighthouse as an example, we dive into the specific narrative elements present in this dastardly act of psychological manipulation.

Following that, Jim explores the dynamic relationships between the Elements found within the Dramatica model of narrative structure. The discussion begins with an exploration of storyform dynamics and progresses to a more elaborate examination of relationships within a single quad.

Quad Visualization

Image courtesy of story expert John Dusenberry