Why Is Story Structure Important?

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What is Story Structure & Why Is It Important? 

Story structure refers to the order your story is presented to best elicit an emotional response from your audience. The story structure also includes the characters, events, reactions, and outcomes that occur in the story, while still managing to tell a coherent plot.

The fundamentals of good storytelling have been known for centuries; even in the earliest civilizations, storytellers understood when it was appropriate for a hero to make an entrance, when the plot should take a turn for the worse, and when a climax should build up to and then fade away.

Some scientists even think that our brains are made to tell stories.

However, no matter what kind of story you're telling, where it takes place, or what medium you use, you can't get around the basic rules of telling a story. 

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Let them have what they want: People unconsciously expect certain things to happen at specific points in a movie. The structure of a well-made movie lets your audience's emotions run wild and allows them to live through your Protagonist and supporting characters without them even realizing it.

The structure of a screenplay is concerned with two things: the substance of your story and how you tell it. Story and plot are two common terms used to describe the components that make up the narrative screenplay structure.

The right pace: Pacing is important when telling your story because it keeps people on the edge of their seats. If the story moves quickly, the Hollywood executive will be eager to turn the page and discover what happens next.

Scenes: As you write each scene and then edit it, you should have at least one notable purpose for each scene. Scenes without structure can describe a setting, or something about a character, but won't actually add any real information, decisions, actions, changes, or forward movement to the story as a whole.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

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