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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Chapter Five

Shaping a Resonant Structure

What is Structure?

Structure is the hidden grunt work of your story. It’s your job to carefully and skillfully construct the emotional roller coaster your hero and audience will ride together, without your audience ever noticing what you’re doing.

Your audience doesn’t want to be aware of an “inciting incident,” “act breaks,” or a “shift to proactivity” but will demand that the progress of your story rings true, is increasingly satisfying, and resonates with their understanding of human nature at every turn.

To achieve this, you have to shape your structure subtly and precisely. You need to understand which steps and missteps naturally occur while solving a large problem, and what effect each step will ...

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