Short Story and Structure (or Not)
So I posted last week that I would be trying my hand at a short story. I bought a few “how to” books, including Let’s Write a Short Story! by Joe Bunting. In the book he writes about three main types of story structure.
The Basic Three-Act Structure
Act One- The character discovers he has a problem.
Act Two- The character tries to solve the problem and fails until trying one last time.
Act Three- The character sits with the failure or success so wee know it is the end.
The Book Jacket Structure
The story echoes the beginning (theme, a phrase, a location, or action) at the end, with a twist.
A Story With A Hole In It
The story is really two stories. The first part is the character up to her transformation (called a transformative experience in the book) and the last part is the character after the transformation.
I wondered which structure to choose? I hate choosing. AND, since I keep writing and then shredding/deleting parts of the story my structure is unclear. This weekend, after I take care of the family, I am applying butt to chair and writing! No more shredding/deleting. I’ll get to the deleting and shredding in the revision process.
If you write, do your actively think about the story structure before you begin? If you are a reader, can you think of any stories you love with these structures? I would love to hear from you while I’m being tortured, no, I mean while I’m writing this short story.