When you've spent your entire life chasing a goal - say, winning the Olympics - what does life look like on the other side of that goal?

The final building block of storytelling is resolution.

For better or worse, all stories must end. But life goes on. As we intuitively know, we experience life's stories on multiple timelines, some of which never end or resolve, unlike stories which must finish.

In drama, I would argue that resolution is the least standardized part, the most nebulous building block of storytelling. We know we must have a protagonist, a problem, there's a journey, and there's a climax.

Resolution is the outcome of mixing all of those things together, and even where all the other elements are similar, the resolution can feel different. Transformation can be temporary, or become the basis for transformation in directions beyond the scope of the present story.

Some stories end very soon after the climax. Bolder drama, or, sometimes, episodic storytelling, ends at a peak. Some commercials do too. But many stories have you spend some time with the characters after they've experienced transformation, in what we can call the new normal.

When we apply storytelling frameworks to education or business, the resolution may be in the audience's hands, out of our control.

Often times, testimonials fulfill this function. Passionate alumni reveal the transformation they've undergone as a result of a course. Customers praise a product as a solution to a problem that previously seemed unsolvable.

When observing others be changed, we can envision our own transformation.