Fiction writing: The Rule of Threes

Into Another World

rule of threeThree is the very persuasive number. By learning the rule of threes you can improve your writing, give better speeches or even improve your comedic timing. (As a writer, I am only going to focus on the writing aspect of the rule of threes.)

What is it about the number three? It all comes down to how we process information. Studies have shown that people remember things best in chunks of three. Also, human have become proficient at recognizing patterns, and three is the smallest number of elements required for a pattern.

Things presented in threes are inherently more interesting, enjoyable and memorable. (See there is that three concept again.)

You may not have realized how many things are presented in this pattern. Check out these examples.

  • body, mind and spirit
  • Holy trinity – Father, Son and Holy Ghost
  • three wise men
  • THREE-MUSKETEERSIn stories – the three little pigs, the…

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