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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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19THE NEED FOR STRUCTURE

I think all teachings about writing are good. Wonderful, in fact. Taken as a whole, the oeuvre of writing wisdom out there is intimidating in both its sheer mass and its inherent lack of focus. There are so many views on so many of the variables that conspire to comprise the creative writing process, as well as define the end product, that in the end the writer must decide what works for her and what doesn’t. There is a wide breadth of preferences on that particular issue, especially on the issue of story structure.

Unlike screenwriting, there are no precise and rigid structural “rules” when it comes to writing novels. Especially if you don’t like the sound of the word rules, in which case you may reject even the hint ...

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