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The structure of a story

30 Sep 2008
Stories (not reports, but stories) have a dramatic structure that is very simple:

Arc of Story (c) 2008 by Mindy McAdams

At the beginning, you need to give the viewers an immediate clue what the story is about and why it matters, or should matter, to them.

The middle needs to lead upward to a distinct point or conclusion, the climax. This does not have to be HUGE, but it does have to be DEFINITE.

After the climax, there’s always a bit more needed to wrap it up — put a clean ending on it.

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