Plot Architecture

Very good article 🙂

Thirteen Cents Short

Many new writers I encounter chafe at the idea of having to “fit their story into a structure”. “Why can’t I just write and see if it fits later?” they ask. That question shows a fundamental lack of understanding of what story structure really is. When editors, teachers, and other experts in the literary field talk about “structure” what they’re talking about isn’t some set of rules you have to comply with; they’re talking about the underpinnings of how stories function and have functioned since the earliest days of storytelling.

There are arguments about whether structures have three arcs or five arcs or more (or less). However, the foundations are the same, even if the numbers change. Overall, good storytelling has a specific rhythm of rising and falling action. It has to do with building tension and releasing it at key intervals to keep readers engaged. While the “three-act structure”…

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Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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