What do you think of when you hear the phrase “narrative structure?”
For some of you, you probably equate it with a novel’s plot. I tend to like separating out the plot and narrative structure. With plot, you have the main events of a story. Point A leads to point B. Point B leads to point C…you get the idea.
But with narrative structure, you shake up the chronological points of a story. You manipulate the sequence of events to create a better novel.
Why do this?
Because not all events within a story are equal.
Some parts of your story will be critical, pieces that define your characters or that raise the stakes up to an almost unbearable amount of tension. Other scenes will still be important, but they won’t have the same emotional punch that the key scenes will.
Say you have a scene where a car explodes…
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