Marshall Ganz says that “a plot consists of just three elements: a challenge, a choice, and an outcome.” Such a simple structure helps to ground a repeatable story as the perfect collection of:
- A fork in the road appears with pros and cons and unknowns.
- One’s choice says everything about their values, motivations, and character.
- What results communicates the cause and effect of one’s actions.
The moral do the story is what lingers. The story makes it repeatable to others.