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Offline Bradley Darewood

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Re: Story Structure
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2017, 09:06:00 AM »
I am a big, big, BIG fan of story structures...

...for revisions. Generally, my approach is to write my first draft (as fast but as thoroughly as possible), and only look at structure in my first round of revisions. I find a template or archetype that roughly fits the story I have, and then work to give my story really strong structural bones as I revise it. I mean, there's no point trying to cram a round story into a square hole, but I find that having the structure helps me get my pacing right.

The only time I've tried plotting a story to structure from scratch was as a fun group activity at a convention. The results were interesting, but by myself and for serious I think I would have sputtered out.

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