Building Your Story Arc: Discovering the Bones of Your Story
At a Glance
Structure in a story has to do with integrity--wholeness. This wholeness is sensed by the audience no matter how subtle it is. This gives your audience a feeling of "gravity," that your story is moving forward.
The best tool a writer can use is that which tests the structural elements of their story. Testing for structure can also get a writer out of story trouble, especially when we hit a "wall" in continuing to develop a story.
During this 58-minute video tutorial, you'll discover tools to:
- Move your story forward
- Measure the effectiveness of your story arc
- Trouble-shoot issues of pace and momentum
- Understand how readers perceive gravity-like structure
Evaluating the effectiveness of the structural integrity of your story is an ongoing process within completing a story. No talk here of outlines before the fact, superimposing requirements that don't relate to the story arc. Instead this practical, audience-oriented approach might even result in the synopsis material you will need at a later date for the pitching process.
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Meet the Author: Charlotte Cook
Charlotte Cook, MFA, a former publisher brought to publication six award-winning novels before returning to story editing and consulting in 2010. Writer’s Digest, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly featured her and her philosophy on publishing during her tenure at KOMENAR. Charlotte has taught writing and story theory since 1993 and been a popular featured guest speaker and workshop leader at writers conferences throughout California and across the U.S. Many of her students have been published, found agents, won contests, and entered graduate programs. Charlotte has also served as a final judge in several fiction categories for the annual intern...