Thoughts on writing: 36 Dramatic Situations

A good source of plot inspiration is Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations (1921). For example:

5) Pursuit
D) A pseudo-madman struggling against an Iago-like alienist

16) Madness
D) Madness Brought on by Fear of Hereditary Insanity

17) Fatal imprudence
C3) Imprudence the Cause of a Lover’s Death

19) Slaying of a Kinsman Unrecognized
A1) Being Upon the Point of Slaying a Daughter Unknowingly, by Command of a Divinity or an Oracle

Hours of fun!  He should have added 16E: “Madness Brought On By Attempting to Comprehend 16D”

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