Writing Excuses 10.12: Story structure Q&A, with Special Guest Wesley Chu
Wes Chu joins us again for a Q&A about this month’s topic: story structure! Here are the questions:
- Do you make a conscious decision about how to structure your story before you begin writing?
- Is it necessary to use multiple structures (three-act, Hollywood formula, etc) in order to ensure that your story works?
- What tools do you use to view your story’s structure?
- What do you think about cliffhangers?
- How do you come up with plot twists for your stories? (Answer: A blast from the past with Michael Stackpole! Season 1, Episode 19!)
- What structures should I use to add variety to my writing?
- Is there a specific amount of time you should spend on your introduction before getting to the inciting incident?
- What do you do when you’re halfway through with a story before you realize the structure is wrong?
Homework: Make a list of all the awesome things you want your story to accomplish. Then put them in the order in which you want them to happen.
Thing of the week: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin.
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