Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Writing a good story Part III- Structure

When writing a good story, everything ties into the planning. As I said in the first part of this series. There is nothing different about the structure. Make sure you know of the structure of the piece before you write it.

It is like architecture. You can not build a house before you have the structural plans, so you know what the house looks like. This is the same.

When in primary school, you are tought that the structure of a story is;
Orientation, Complication and Resolution. This is the same for complex writing, except more jumbled up.

It should go, Orientation, Complication, complication, resolution (of the 1st or 2nd) complication, complication, resolution etc. This can go on forever. If you look at books that sell they all go like this.

SPOILER ALERT- the following has spoilers for the Lord of the Rings!
In the Lord of the Rings, my personal favourite, Tolkien introduces us to the characters- Orientation, and then gets straight onto the complication- the ring. Soon later, another complication arrives- the Black Riders, but this complication is a result of the first complication, the ring. Then, due to the second complication- the Black Riders- Frodo is stabbed by one of them, causing the Third complication. Complication two is solved when the Black Riders are washed away at Rivendell, and so is complication three, when Frodo receives medicine from the elves. This goes on throughout the book, as soon as some complications are dwelt with, new ones arise. This is how major books go. It is the same in Harry Potter and all great books. I guarantee, you will be able to find this in your favourite book- try it!

The book has to end somewhere, so make it. As soon as you feel comfortable that you have created enough complications, and resolved them, you can create the final resolution. This will deal with the first complication- the task Frodo was set to complete. It’s like a list of things you have to do- You start at the end of the day with the first one- complete all the things on my list. Then you finish jobs, and find new ones until at the end of the day, you finish all the jobs on your list, meaning the first job or complication (complete all the jobs on my list) is completed. This is the same in the Lord of the Rings. Frodo and Sam face all the challenges of their journey, and then get rid of the ring, and a finger, and ther jobs is done!

That is basically the way the structure of your story has to be set out.
If you find this confusing in any way, comment about it and I will clear it up!

Feel free to comment if you don’t find it confusing, or give me tips on what to write about after I finish this series. All tips will  be greatly appreciated.

Bye for now.

Richard Mills