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Story Structure for Non-ConformistsI’m sure you’ve all heard someone bemoaning the importance of story structure, probably a die-hard outliner like me who obsessively plans out their story before they start writing a word of their first draft. If you’re new to the novel-writing scene or a seat-of-your-pants writer (often called a “pantser”), you may be wondering what story structure is, exactly, and why you should bother with it. After all, first drafts are about discovering you story for the first time, so why do you need to worry about planning it out ahead of time?
Well, here’s the thing: story structure is the skeleton of a story. If you don’t build the structure first, you may very well end up with a blubberous blob of goo, a deformed mutant creature, or a story that falls down the moment a reader steps inside. Not really the outcome you’re hoping for. Not to mention the danger of falling into the quicksand of writer’s block halfway into your story because you r
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