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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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CaptainXenolove Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
oof, this is SO incredibly useful, man! THANK YOU for sharing! :* ♥
Ehsol-namu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019
Im dying lol 
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
You forgot Avatar having an element of idiot hero
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
Thunderoad-Shyra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
TVTropes is very much like any addiction : once you're in , you're so for quite a very long time !
And probably forever.
And ever...
jhoffman111 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
I LOVE this and wanted to use it with my students. Unfortunately, some of the language caused my admin to be concerned. Wish there was a PG version. 
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
luckybucketz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
I made a perfect score in my exam when I was in High school :) ..But you did an amazing one.
saffronrestaurantoxf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
I saw this already when I was and grade school but it seems here very nice done..Thanks anyway!
ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen this one before...
vitaminanime Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
I can't read it really well on my iPod, but i'm already mapping out the trope elements in my stories
blueDice69net Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay this is crazy Oops! :o (Eek)
First I though it is the
Periodic table of the chemical elements
but... it look so strange. Sweating a little... 
TammyBi Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is  amazing!!
piyawant Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super cool!
SylviaGreen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:O Wonderful <3
The-Jasmine-Nation Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is both hilarious, clever, and helpful. Here's some smarties for your troubles. :meow:

Readrunners Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Someone actually came up with this thing. It is awesome, I applaud to you sir.
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
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