Story Structure

Sarah Bowman
Sarah Bowman, attended workshops, writing groups, read & write constantly, novel-in-progress

I’m still trying to figure this out myself. Sometimes it seems like every famous author has his or her own definitions and “writing recipe.” Here are my definitions of the moment:

  • Plot: central story line, regarding where Main Character (MC) starts to where MC ends.
  • Story: the details and background that provide the context for the story line and make it interesting to read.
  • Structure: I see it as the framework of the building. The story has to be self-contained like a house, and stand by itself. At the same time, it has many different parts such as words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, chapters. Each paragraph is a story or idea by itself. All the hundreds of paragraphs that make up the story have to fit together to make a cohesive and comprehensible story, just like all the beams and planks and boards have to fit together to make the frame of a house.

An excellent resource for writing tips is Writer’s Digest.

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