WCME 028: Enneagram Story Genres, with Judith Searle

Judith Searle studied genres and found That there's basically 9 to go 'round. Each genre's a type, So come on and get hype, And Judith will surely expound.
Each Enneagram type corresponds with one or more story genres, like Thriller, Success Story, or Western. Judith Searle explains how these fit together and what you can do with that knowledge as a writer, filmmaker, or storyteller.

  • What does it mean for a book or a film to have a type? Is it the protagonist’s type? The author’s type?
  • Judith goes through the story genres corresponding through each type: 6 3 9 1 4 2 8 5 7
  • The Hero’s Journey as a romp ’round the 9-3-6 triangle
  • Now that you know this correspondence between genres and Enneagram types, what can you do with it?
  • One answer: It can help you fill the vast wasteland of the second act.
  • Another answer: Tell your life story in 5 minutes. The genre of the story you told is probably your Enneagram type.


You can find Judith at judithsearle.com.

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