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How Storytelling and Structure Relate

SCEW - WordPress embedded icon - glass lookBad structure/bad storytelling

So this guy doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. His buddy gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The two hunters had been out in the woods when the guy had collapsed. The buddy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. The operator says “Calm down. I can help.” The guy on the phone says “OK, now what?” The operator says “First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a gun shot is heard.

Good structure/good storytelling

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. The guy doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?” (‘Spike ‘wrote world’s best joke’– courtesy of BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5064020.stm )

That, my friends, is how important structure is.

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Why Everything You’ve Ever Done To Keep Track Of Your Story Is Wrong

SCEW - WordPress embedded icon - glass lookGuidebooks: Blahblah blah. Blah blah. Blah. Huh? Interesting. But how was that supposed to help me actually write – ?

Workbooks: Scribble scribblescribble scratch. Erase-erase-erase. Scribble. Scribble. Who the – What the – Why’d I write that? And why did I put it there in the first place? Erase erase erase. Scribble. Rip. Dayum

Software: Tappity-tappity tap tap tappatappa. Tap. Delete delete. Tappity tap. Backspacebackspacebackspace. Tap. Delete delete delete. Tappity – Hmm. Where’d I put that part about the atheist praying mantis? Tap tap – Where did – Ah! Oh. Ugh. Delete delete delete. Wait – maybe I need it after all. No, it’s gone. But – maybe it really is important to the story. But then – Aw, I don’t even know any more. Click. P-khew!

Files & Notes: Aaargh! Sob –

Structural Flowchart* – Write write write. Oh! So that’s how that works! Wow. Just – wow. Write write. Oh, so that’s not supposed to be there. Correct. Track track – yes, now it makes sense why it didn’t work. It doesn’t link up with any of the other narrative threads. Ha. Lee. Loo. Ya.

Nuff said.

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