Bad Story Structure is No Joke
by Melanie Anne Phillips
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You probably know someone who can
take a bad joke and tell it so well that you are rolling on the floor. And
you probably know someone who can't tell a joke to save their life, even if the
joke itself is hilarious.
If you start with a joke that just
isn't funny, even the best delivery in the world won't improve the humor of the
punch line, but getting there may have been a hoot. Conversely, if the
joke is outstanding, a terrible delivery will rob the experience of its levity
even though you still see what was supposed to be funny.
Stories work the same way.
Even a perfect structure will lay there dead if poorly told. But a good
storyteller will keep a reader/audience riveted, even if they clearly see how
flawed the structure really is.
Point being, structure is not the
Story God. It is a means to an end. It is far better to break
structure and go with your Muse than to shackle yourself to the nuts and bolts
of story mechanics at the expense of inspired storytelling.
Naturally, the best stories are
those that have sound structure and passionate storytelling. But if you
find the two diverge, it is always better to err to the side of passion.
Remember the cardinal rule of
storytelling - Never bore your audience.
Video Clip - Bad Story Structure
is No Joke
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