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Story structure tips [adult warning]
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:08:35 AM »
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And the madness of toddlers. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/01/31/25-things-you-should-know-about-story-structure/

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Re: Story structure tips [adult warning]
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 03:32:34 PM »
I struggle with the beginning. I'm never quite sure how to give sufficient exposition while still continuously advancing the story!

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 04:52:33 PM »
So The Hobbit is a 'monomyth?' Now I unnerstan.'  ;D
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 05:16:53 PM »
 ;D ;D I enjoyed this.

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013, 11:13:21 PM »
Out of reading nearly 250 books on writing craft, these are a few of the better ones on structure:

How to Grow a Novel, by Sol Stein

Scene and Structure, by Jack M. Brickham

Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maas

Story Engineering, by Larry Brooks

Stein On Writing, by Sol Stein

Plot & Structure, by Scott Bell

The Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maass

Solutions For the Novelist, by Sol Stein

How to Write a Damn Good Novel, by James N. Fry

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, by Patricia Highsmith

The 38 Most Common Fiction Mistakes, by Jack M. Brickham

How I Write: secrets of a best-selling author, by Janet Evanovich

How to Write Best Selling Fiction, by Dean Koontz





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Re: Story structure tips [adult warning]
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013, 11:31:34 PM »
I struggle with the beginning. I'm never quite sure how to give sufficient exposition while still continuously advancing the story!

Advancing the story is of more importance than exposition. Exposition is basically setting and back story. And in the first five pages you only need to establish the setting, not deliver a report on the region's climate, major import/exports, or the high season's average population. And there is a good argument to suggest that the beginning of a novel is certainly no place for any amount of back-story.

In the first few pages you only need to:

Introduce your main character(s)

Establish setting--and tone

And Move the Story Forward

...and I say you really should do that in the first 3 to 4 paragraphs.



 
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013, 11:32:46 AM »
Had a chance to read through the entire thing today. Some excellent advice, but I'm not sure I have a clear picture of what all of it means or how to apply it, particularly in regards to the whole "beats make scenes" part.

And thanks for the advice Neghe :).