InspireMe: Learning Sequence Models for Stories


  • Vincent Fortuin Disney Research Zürich, ETH Zürich, Institute for Machine Learning at ETH Zürich
  • Romann Weber Disney Research Zürich
  • Sasha Schriber Disney Research Zürich
  • Diana Wotruba Disney Research Zürich
  • Markus Gross Disney Research Zürich, ETH Zürich



narrative intelligence, deep learning, natural language processing, writer's block, creative writing


We present a novel approach to modeling stories using recurrent neural networks. Different story features are extracted using natural language processing techniques and used to encode the stories as sequences. These sequences can be learned by deep neural networks, in order to predict the next story events. The predictions can be used as an inspiration for writers who experience a writer's block. We further assist writers in their creative process by generating visualizations of the character interactions in the story. We show that suggestions from our model are rated as highly as the real scenes from a set of films and that our visualizations can help people in gaining deeper story understanding.




How to Cite

Fortuin, V., Weber, R., Schriber, S., Wotruba, D., & Gross, M. (2018). InspireMe: Learning Sequence Models for Stories. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 32(1).