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A Story’s Skeleton #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #writeordie

Hello, all you creatives! What’s the difference between a day dream put to paper and a well-written story? Structure!

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I know, I know, you’re creative! You don’t breath the same air as the rest of the world, you don’t abide by the square pegs people try to put you in — but hear me out. I’m all for writing without a goal, pantsing, or plotting it all out, if it leads you to the bang-out, best story of your life. But I guarantee employing story structure will take your plot to the next level, after the first draft.

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Story structure is actually everywhere if you look for it – all your favorite movies, and even your seemingly ambling novels (Holden Caulfield does have goals, I swear). For great, and succinct, explanations on everything from the hook to the climax, I consult the great K.M. Weiland’s website, aptly named Helping Writers Become Authors. She has many available resources for free, as well as for purchase items ย – each of which are worth the low-price.

There are plenty of writing gurus out there. Which do you consult? Who is your go-to?

Shout out to the incisive creative, author Raimey Gallant, for creating this Author Toolbox Blog Hop, and allowing us writers to converge on the inter-webs once a month. Check out her page and others back at the hub!

12 thoughts on “A Story’s Skeleton #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #blog #writeordie”

  1. I enjoy KM Weiland’s blog — I always learn something new.

    I love the recently published “Your Novel, This Month” by blogging friend ML Keller (she’s part of the Author toolbox Blog Hop too). I’m currently using it to bring some structure to a daunting writing project. She has great posts on her blog that helps with sticky writing situations, too. http://themanuscriptshredder.com/

    Ronel visiting on Author Toolbox blog hop day: eBooks — The Future or a Mistake?

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  2. Thanks so much for your post! I definitely agree that a good structure puts stories a step above the drafting stage. Plus, in my opinion, a really well-written story will obscure the structure from the reader, in a sense; the reader should be so invested in the characters, plot, setting, etc., that the forward motion of the story should just unfold naturally for them. Maybe a really savvy reader will be able to pick up on certain common plot structures, but it never really detracts from it. I’ll have to check out KM Weiland’s resources! I don’t have many writing gurus I go to; many of the writers I look up to talk a lot about the subjects they’re passionate about and infuse into their writing, but very few have technical resources on how to write well. Thanks for sharing!

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