Writing – Structure and Plot Direction

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Let’s get to writing! Some of you will say its difficult, others will say you can never finish what you write. Valid points definitely. Let’s make it a bit simpler for you to make sure you finish your project and not leave it in the drawer for layers of dust to accumulate.

Once upon a time

If we look at the basic structure of a story we see that it goes from rising action, to climax to falling action. 

See these three things are great, but there’s an invisible ingredient that we have to make sure we have: problem. Without a situational problem within your story most likely you will be lost in infinite loops of never-ending stories. Together with the problem there has to be a solution. (unless you’re making a series, in which case you can leave a “to be continued”, but even then you should have a good idea of where you’re taking the story). By having a real solution you can take your main character (hero) to a place where he or she or it. Feels realized and accomplished. (or dead*)

*Note: a basic, but important rule about writing (per Hollywood’s standards) you should never kill off your main character.

Within those three main parts of a story you will be able to pace yourself by dividing the story in three parts. I find it easier when it’s divided because once I have a rough version of each I can focus on being able to unite them in ways that feel like natural, yet subtle transitions.

Plot direction is important for your story (be it a film or a kids book) for the reader or viewer to stay interested in what you’re trying to tell them. It’s definitely not the only important part in your project, but one that must never be overlooked.

Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block? Have any tricks that work for you? Let us know in the comments section below!

-Stay tuned

Alex G

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Alex G is a photographer, filmmaker and designer based out of San Juan, PR. He writes about technology, photography, and film. He is an Android/Linux fanatic, proud Pixel owner.