Stories have to be…
Usually into a continuous narrative and they have an ending
About CHANGE – the impact of one thing on another.
Need characters for us to follow.
The journey a character takes is how we follow the story
Kate argues that there aren’t “7”, or “8” or “13” stories, but ONE. And that is “A stranger comes to town.”
You may need to kill this stranger, absorb it, deal with it, etc.
The stranger brings conflict, change, that the character will have to deal with in some way, usually by achieving some kind of maturity. Or the character deals with it by using skills they already have (but didn’t realise).