Yet scene and structure have been the basic building blocks of fiction since Aristotle, and remain as important as ever. Knowing the purpose of structural parts and being able to use them effectively prevents writing problems and helps to resolve those that do arise; skillfully used, a structural framework serves the same purpose as the frame of a house - it provides the necessary form and strength that prevents all the beautiful, unique bits from falling in on themselves.
What is Structure?
- Plot: chronological events based on cause & effect
- Structure: the physical organization of the piece
- Front to back, back to front, ends to middle
- Beginning, middle, end
- Plot points (change)
- Chapters, sections
- Scene/sequel (action scene/reaction scene)
- Scenes for real-time action/sequels for emotion, thought, back story
- Beginning: open as close to change as possible.
- Character’s goal creates a story question.
- End: as soon as possible after question is answered
- Pacing: control through scene/sequel and sound; short vowels (aa, e, ee, i, o, u) shorter sounds speed things up; long vowels A, I, O, U, Y slow things down.
PEARL LUKE is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Madame Zee and Burning Ground, both published by HarperCollins
In 2006, Madame Zee was a book club pick for Chatelaine and Flare magazines. Pearl Luke mentors writers online for UBC’s Booming Ground program and privately from her website. She was writer-in-residence for the city of