Story Trumps Structure
What do you think about that? Can you throw your ideas of structuring a story with a beginning, middle, and end and/or predetermined plot points and bake a cake instead? Have I lost you?
OK, so this story of yours/mine - should have these 5 essential ingredients:
Ingredient # 1: Orientation
Ingredient # 2: Crisis
Ingredient # 3: Escalation
Ingredient #4: Discovery
Ingredient #5: Change
And like baking a cake....
We can all start out with the same basic story ingredients, but end up with a wonderful variation of the final product. Of course - like cake, if you leave an essential ingredient out, the cake falls flat. Granted - you can tell me that a "recipe" has a beginning, middle, and end. But, the choices you make with your ingredients are going to have a MUCH bigger impact on your cake/story than the fact that you can follow a recipe from point A. to point C.
Read the article. It explains these essential 5 ingredients much better than I can. And then tell me what you think? Go on ~ I'll wait. :)
Happy Writerly Wednesday!!