Category Archives: Story Structure

Story Structure Class Number 1 Transcript

Story structure is something we all feel, but when it comes to defining its parts and how they work to create a sound narrative, the simplicity vanishes. Still, if we are to be able to use structure as a tool … Continue reading

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on Story Structure Class Number 1 Transcript

Dramatica Storyforming Newsletter Volume 1 Number 1

Back in the 90’s when Dramatica was the new kid on the block, we published a “Storyforming Newsletter” for a span of time. Here is a link to a PDF version of the very first issue…. Download in PDF (179K) … Continue reading

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on Dramatica Storyforming Newsletter Volume 1 Number 1

Know Your Story Points – Main Character “Growth”

This article is excerpted from Dramatica Story Structuring Software. Over the course of your story, the Main Character will either grow out of something or grow into something. Authors show their audiences how to view this development of a Main … Continue reading

Posted in Story Points, Story Structure | Comments Off on Know Your Story Points – Main Character “Growth”

Is Story Structure a Myth?

By Melanie Anne Phillips A whole flock of Story Gurus (myself included) will tell you that stories have structure. Therefore, if you learn that structure you’ll improve your stories. Ostensibly, this will lead to fame, riches, a keen sense of … Continue reading

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on Is Story Structure a Myth?

The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Story Structure

We think in narrative, but think about topics. Narrative is the operating system of our own minds, and we seek to impose that upon every topic we encounter. For if we can, then we have the most touch-points with our … Continue reading

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Story Structure

What is Story Structure?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Most writers are not story theorists, and don’t want to be. Still, an understanding of the way stories work can help support a writer’s instincts to make sure a flawed structure won’t get in the way … Continue reading

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on What is Story Structure?

The Four Throughlines in To Kill A Mockingbird

There are four throughlines that must be explored in every story for it to feel to readers or audience that the underlying issues have been fully explored and the message fully supported. Throughline 1: The Objective Story The Objective Story is … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Story Structure, Throughline | Comments Off on The Four Throughlines in To Kill A Mockingbird

What Creates Dramatic Tension?

By Melanie Anne Phillips In narrative structure, there are two forces that converge to create a sense of rising tension that culminates at the climax: the quest to achieve a goal and the increasing pressure to change a deeply held … Continue reading

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on What Creates Dramatic Tension?

The War Between Creativity and Structure

Perhaps the greatest hurdle in writing is the attempt to bring structure to a story without putting your Muse in a straight jacket. Often structure is brought into the picture too soon, clamping your passion into an iron maiden that … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Story Structure, The Master Storyteller Method | Comments Off on The War Between Creativity and Structure

To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it

Story structure did not happen by accident. Nor did it happen by intent. Rather, the underlying conventions of storytelling that make up the flexible framework of stories evolved as a by product of the process of communication.

Posted in Story Structure | Comments Off on To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it