The theory of a good story

The story continues…..

So, in an effort to learn a bit more about the process of writing, I attended a workshop last weekend, held at the wonderful Frankston Library.  The convener was a published author and screenwriter, and whilst it was primarily geared to fiction, it was interesting to learn about the principles, especially if you harbor dreams one day of being published. 

She went through the recognized structure of a story, what the rules are.  How it should have three acts.

  • Opening Act, introducing the characters, the setting, the premise, an event.
  • The Second Act, bridging the opening and final acts, exposing the characters’ flaws and frailty, their journey and struggles.  This Act will contain something that she called “the darkest hour”, from which the protagonist will emerge, triumphant or otherwise.
  • The Final Act, bringing the story to a – hopefully satisfying – end.

It’s my ambition to pen a memoir – a little story of my own journey. and I pondered where I am currently located in the plotline.  

Where are you in yours?

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2 thoughts on “The theory of a good story

  1. This is interesting. I like to write but I never thought about “learning” how to do it correctly. Maybe I’ll find a course or workshop now that you’ve made me aware that I should do it. Thanks!


  2. I’m probably getting too near the end of my own plotline for comfort so I won’t ponder on that too much 😱

    You already write very well – in my opinion – but preparing for a memoir is a good idea and getting the structure right will be a big part of it. Are you hoping to attend other workshops in future?


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