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Creating Narrative Structures

There has been disagreement about the role of structure when writing stories for visual mediums. Writers of film, television, games, and even comic books have often bristled at the idea of needing dramatic structure in their medium. This problem is somewhat unique to the art form of writing. Few musicians bristle at the idea of using notes, measures, keys, and chords. Few painters refuse to use shades of blue because other painters have done so in the past. Few architects try to avoid including windows, doors, floors, and ceilings in a home only because every other livable home has included these same elements. Yes, many writers spend a great deal of time trying to avoid any familiar trope that an audience might ...

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