Tag Archives: story structure

Questions 465: Plot Reveals Through Structure

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Caine asks: How do you stick to a genre structure, without spilling the beans?

Resources Mentioned:

Agatha Christie
Robert Bloch
Rear Window
Best American Mysteries of the 20th Century

Questions 240: Series vs. Multi-Volume Stories

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Cheyenne asks:
“I’m finding myself more interested in events in volume 2 of my story, and it’s making it hard to write volume 1. What do I do?”

Resources mentioned:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dune by Frank Herbert

Questions 215: Graphing Story Structures (Writing Instruction Series 9)

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In this ninth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“I use the classic pyramid plot diagram to teach story structure. Is there another way that’s more engaging?”

Resources mentioned:
Kurt Vonnegut’s Story Shape Graphs
Dan Wells’s 7-Point Plot Lecture