Story Structure: The Polygon

A crucial choice before you begin to write is the structure of the novel or short story. One way to conceive of structure is to consider the shape of the story as a physical, three-dimensional object…

 A perusal of several novels demonstrates the use of point of view as a way to contrast perspectives. This often becomes a part of the engine of the story, gaining increasing momentum. An interesting way to make sure your characters are all given equal space, before things get out of hand, is to conceive of story structure as a three-dimensional shape. This helps save you from having to cut a rag-tag, relentless draft that goes off in too many directions before it happens.

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Gabrielle Pullen