Category Archives: Story Structure

The Structure of Plot

Story Structure | The Structure of Plot Most authors think of plot as what their story is about. And beyond that, they recognize key events and turning points in the story that are part of plot as well. That’s a … Continue reading

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How Did Structure End Up In Stories?

Story Structure | How Did Structure End Up In Stories? In previous installments of this series, we’ve looked into where story structure came from and what it really represents.  In this segment we’ll explore how structure ended up in stories … Continue reading

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Where Does Story Structure Come From?

Story Structure | Where Does Story Structure Come From? In previous installments of this series, we’ve determined that stories do, in fact have structure.  And, we explored how each story’s structure is something of a map that shows us how … Continue reading

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Does Story Structure Exist?

Story Structure | Part of an ongoing series Welcome to our new series that explores the elements of story structure and describes how they work together to form a framework for your story. We begin with a fundamental question: Does … Continue reading

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Change is Good (or maybe bad)

At the core of a story’s message is a very simple issue – whether the author is telling us it is better to be like the main character or not.  This is usually thought of as the moral of the story and … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Character Growth

STORY STRUCTURE QUESTION: Do you want your story to focus on waiting for something to begin or something to end?  The answer to this question determines the feel of the story to one of being chased or one of pursuing. … Continue reading

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Story Structure Seen As War

Imagine a story’s structure as a war and the Main Character as a soldier making his way across the field of battle.  In your mind’s eye, you likely see they whole scene spread out in front of you, as if … Continue reading

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The Four Main Kinds of Stories

You can make your story a lot more focused and targeted if you know what kind of a story you are creating.  A good place to start is to figure out which of the four basic types of stories yours … Continue reading

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Plot Points – Static vs. Sequential

Some time ago I wrote an article explaining how plot wasn’t the order in which events appeared in a story, but the order in which they happened to the characters.  The storytelling order can be all mixed up for effect.  … Continue reading

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Character Change vs. Character Growth

Main characters don’t have to change to grow.  They can grow in their resolve. It is a common misconception among authors that the main character in a story must change in order to grow.  Certainly, that is one kind of … Continue reading

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