If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
—Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works
When a story isn’t working, usually it’s a function of structural issues. Hence, let’s dive deeper now and enter the world of structure. As we’ve already covered three-act structure and my three-step story development process, what we’ll cover now are further concepts and principles that will allow anyone to make their stories more effective.
When we talk about structure, what we are referencing is the ordering and pacing of the story elements. In other words, which scenes and actions do you need to put in, which do you need to leave out, and ...