by Kij Johnson

Six story types, from Damon Knight:

  1. The story of resolution. The protagonist has a problem and solves it, or doesn’t.
  2. The story of explanation.
  3. The trick ending.
  4. A decision is made. Whether it is acted upon is irrelevant.
  5. The protagonist solves a puzzle.
  6. The story of revelation. Something hidden is revealed to the protagonist, or to the reader. [read]