Lesson 8: Freytag’s Pyramid

Writing Exercise

Think of three stories with which you are familiar. Try to map each of those stories’ plots against Freytag’s Pyramid. 

  1. What is the initial equilibrium? 
  2. What inciting incident disrupts that equilibrium? 
  3. What events mark the rising action? 
  4. What happens at the climax? 
  5. How would you describe the new equilibrium at the end? How is it different from the initial equilibrium?