Monday, 11 July 2011

Le Chatelier's Principle

One of my Clarion instructors, the delightful Nina K Hoffman, introduced us to a sciency thing called Le Chatelier's principle-

'When pressure is applied to a system in a state of dynamic equilibrium, the system will adjust to accomodate the pressure and establish another state of dynamic equililibrium.'

Nina holds this to be the basic expression of story structure. I do believe I entirely agree.

Its as simple, and as horrifically complex, as that.


  1. As much as I really hate all reductive definitions of what story is this is a definition that I can mostly agree on.