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The Power of Structure

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I was re-reading a book by James Scott Bell entitled "SuperStructure- the Key to Unleashing the Power of Story," when I came across these two quotes::

 

"Because readers who pay money for fiction want to be hooked by a story.  They want to get lost in it and care about the characters."

 

And this one:

 

"If you disregard structure, you are like a Portuguese tourist trying to order Russian food at a Taiwanese restaurant.  Structure unleashes the power of story."

 

I thought how true both of them are.  But honestly, how many writers forget about them while writing.  Do you, or do you always keep them at the forefront of your mind?

 

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18 minutes ago, suspensewriter said:

They want to get lost in it and care about the characters.

I love this quote. It's a very apt description. 

 

I try to keep structure in my mind while writing, but also try to release it enough to let the story tell itself while actually writing. So I try to achieve a balance between consciously thinking about it and letting my creative brain take over. 

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