Hi Writers,

I just taught a free workshop to my mailing list on story structure. The most common misperception is that “Structuring” your story is “plotting” your story.

It isn’t.

Story structure refers to the DNA of a story. It is not a formula. Unfortunately it is so often taught by story analysts whose natural inclination is to reduce it to a formula that it has led to confusion.

Structure is related to THEME and not PLOT. By working with structure we begin to understand what we are trying to express. Don’t assume or take for granted that you know what you are trying to express. I always say that “Our idea of our story is never the whole story. It is not that our idea is incorrect. It is that it is incomplete.”

By deepening our relationship to story structure, we develop the tools to write a more compelling narrative.

Please send me your questions or comments on story structure, and to join the mailing list for future free workshops, sign up on the homepage at lawriterslab.com