This is one of the reasons I avoid trolling the internet when I have work to do. I’m liable to find delightful time-wasters like this.
The final project of Computer Sherpa for a Visual Design class, this Periodic Table of Storytelling is endlessly intriguing and enlightening.
The table can be found here, with working links and an explanation: http://computersherpa.deviantart.com/art/Periodic-Table-of-Storytelling-203548951 .
It looks like the Periodic Table of Elements that we each encountered at least once in school, but instead of basic elements of matter, these are basic elements of storytelling. Click on any element to see the name of that aspect of storytelling. For example, click SUS in the rightmost column, and you’ll find: Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Then, go to tvtropes.org to read more about that basic element.
Warning, once you start, you’ll find it’s hard to stop. TVTropes.org has done a fantastic job of defining and illustrating these storytelling concepts. You’ll look up and realize you’ve been lost in Wonderland for hours!
Enjoy, and drop the creators a line to let them know you’ve visited. They’ll appreciate it, I’m sure.