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Periodic Table of Storytelling by DawnPaladin Periodic Table of Storytelling by DawnPaladin
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Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days.

This was my final project for my Visual Design 1 class. During critique, a student suggested this could be made into a dart-board game, but Hollywood could never be allowed to play. (TVTropes has a similar idea, but without the darts.…
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Given 2011-04-07
Periodic Table of Storytelling by *ComputerSherpa "is an incredibly clever use of the old fashion periodic table but put in a way that storytelling enthusiasts can relate to and understand. There’s a science to creativity after all." (Suggester's words)

Also suggested by =Jeysie:
"Kind of an unusual pick, admittedly, but one with an entertaining concept. It rearranges the "Tropes of Legend" from the TV Tropes Wiki that covers many patterns of storytelling, into an informative and quirky outline. The little "story molecule" examples at the bottom that put the symbols into practice are just fun little icing on the cake."

( Suggested by EmmyIsAZebra and Featured by Lilyas )
You know you have a winner when you spend more time looking at something than you intended to.

Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.

Although others have tried to do similar things before, this is the first time that I have seen anything so... elegant, so organized, and so potentially useful.

The fact that it looks very much like the periodic table of elements is a testament to technique and skill.

You sir, probably spend too much time entertaining yourself with fiction. And for that we are all grateful. Have some LOLs on the house!
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I was in awe of this. One of my favorite things to do on the internet is Roleplay and often plot development starts with trying to combine things we all know but in a new interesting way. You've made something here that i ADORE. I cant find an issue with it other than some of the colors are a little too close to each other and it can get confusing in that nature. I would also look into the abbreviations and see if there's anything you could change there to make it easier to read. my friend and i have already found it useful and i hope you continue to make more.
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Terriblefate64 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
I love TVTropes and this made my day LOLXD!
LeanasArt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That must have taken lots of time :o
Will-Kaye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love you so much for Cloud Cuckoolander. There always needs to be a Ccl in every story. 
TomRedlion Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Settings, Laws and Plots column need to be JUST Laws and Plots. Settings could easily make an entire column if not multiple columns.
Proud Troper  Tomwalpertac2.
GiantToby Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Wonder if you can get Tom Lehrer to sing this one...
ThaVrisco Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Theres an E;ement for The Periodic Table of Elements? That's crazy!
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Yep. Filed under "meta". :)
Jerrycakes Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
My GOODNESS.  As somebody who has wasted days - if not months - reading TV Tropes, this is BEAUTIFUL.  Well done!!
iamazombiebear Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist
This is just glorious. I cannot even find enough words to describe. :D
Rinoreiri Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Words cannot describe.
Although... Tv Tropes seems to have invaded you thoroughly.
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is so awesome! (Original first edition of my praise for you -- retro/nostalgia re-issue!)
Lucian-Ciel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Letrune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
That is an awesome picture. :3 TVTropes, yay! :3
REMUSJOHN Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
is there CREEPY PASTA?
kristinjoyce Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
completely intriguing ... kudos!!
SinfulAnkh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
This. is awesome owo ))
lukaner-Z Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
i have to take care to not hit too much the berserk button
MuraS-cky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: [link] Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days."

Oh. That sounds interesting... let's see .............. *four hours later* ........ NOOO!! He was right.... just.... can't ... get ... outta here.....................

Anyway, what a wonderful and well deserved DD! congratulations ♥
LordLore Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
This is really clever and can be used as a cool and fun plot generator. Awesome work!
JoKeRfAcE1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
wow awesome idea! grinfilmstrip by CatCat-Angel 
ronstarker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This is amazing, I am having so much fun learning about the elements of writing, thank you so much.
Fangthorn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh my gosh... this is amazing! I love it.... and I am going to be lost in it for a while...
TomRedlion Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It needs a stack of setting tropes.
LunaIntegrity Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haaaaaaaaaaaaa I love this :D
whatisinaname777 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
did you put "the red herring" up there? 
AnoelDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Very very nice.  TvTropes rule!
JPOEH Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
This is absolutely amazing!
DevilKnight292 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done. A quick and handy guide to common plots and their *ahem* elements.
Fiona-Ice-Onixwing Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
errorgance Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this will come in handy for any wouldbe writters out there :P Nice work!
Alura-the-Sage Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Um. How is it that I haven't come across this gem before now?
adberk Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow. Cleverest thing I've seen in ages! Bravo!
Murklins Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
late to the party, but dammmmn this is excellent! Good work. :giggle:
InfinityR319 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for making this TVTropes in a nutshell! It's really useful!
RosemaryStar Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
I love TVtropes, I get lost in there quite frequently. Maybe this will help in keeping them straight. Thanks.
nodoprawdy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
How awesome. Very well done!
steam4power Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Artist
This is excellent.
I'm going to seriously use it to evaluate both campaigns for gaming and for my stories.
two-smokes Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Well, this is just plain awesome.
neijxyellow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Artist
I've noticed the protagonist of my fanfic
SimpleBend Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
This is so... beautiful. :iconhappytearplz:
Chucho-Luna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is, like, the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. :iconamazedplz: I must have it!! :iconadorableplz:
ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
WOW. My screenwriting routine just got a lot more complicated... and yet a lot more AWESOME...
l0ro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That... is amazing.
arpegius75 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Chromulus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the last part with the constrution chains of "famous" modern stories! >_< This is so great!
Lien-chan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
This, is the most pro thing I've seen on DA all year. And I've seen some pretty awesome stuff.
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