Literary Liaisons

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Does Storytelling Structure Matter?

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately in preparation for the rewrite of my next novel, Garden of Lies. I’ve already written the (warning, swear word) first shitty draft, so now the real (gut-wrenching) work begins.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some great story telling articles I’ve come across this week;

First, if you don’t read screenwriting master, Michael Hauge’s STORY MASTERY blog, you should. For example, take a read of this article on structure (screenplay or novel);

STORY STRUCTURE: The 5 Key Turning Points of All Successful Screenplays

Though writing a successful Hollywood movie is certainly not easy, the stories for mainstream Hollywood films are all built on only three basic components: character, desire and conflict.

Film stories portray heroes who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they pursue compelling objectives. Whether it’s Clarice Starling trying to stop Hannibal, Captain Miller Saving Private Ryan, orBilly Elliott trying to gain admission to a ballet school, all these protagonists confront overwhelming conflict in their pursuit of some visible goal.

Plot structure simply determines the sequence of events that lead the hero toward this objective. And here’s the good news: whether you’re writing romantic comedies, suspense thrillers, historical dramas or big budget science fiction, all successful Hollywood movies follow the same basic structure. Read Michael Hauge’s full article here

More to come next week.

love stories


2 comments on “Does Storytelling Structure Matter?

  1. pamelahobartcarter
    August 24, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this article, Mindy. Just what I needed.

    • Mindy
      August 24, 2015

      Me too! That’s why I had to share. Cheers, Mindy

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