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Romance/Love: November 05, 2014 Issue [#6644]

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 This week: Eight Points of Structure
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A story arc is an extended or continuing storyline in episodic storytelling media such as television, comic books, comic strips, boardgames, video games, and films with each episode following a narrative arc. All stories fall into a system that is commonly known as the 8 point story arc. The 8 point story arc breaks your story down into its component parts and analyzes how those parts fit together.

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Story structure is a tool, not a restriction, especially when you are just starting out. It's a good way to keep focused on where you want your story to go. It is working wonders for my NaNo this year. What are these 8-points?


Stasis is an introduction into the world and life of the character(s) before the story really takes off. It's important to show your character in their normal setting. You want the jumping point of the plot to really grab your reader's attention and in order to do that they need to see change. They need to get to know your character(s) before and after the change that takes place. This world and this situation define everything.


The trigger is the point where the plot truly begins to develop. The trigger is the reason and purpose for the journey about to be taken. The trigger departs from the stasis and something must be done because this trigger has set forth circumstances to propel the character(s) into something that upends the stasis and starts something previously outside the characters' experience.


The trigger results in a quest – In a contemporary love story this would be the characters getting to know each other, falling in love and spending time together. This is where a large portion of the plot takes place and to some is considered the best part of the story until...


The Surprise is the point of our story that takes up the largest part of our story. These surprises should not be easily predictable but should make the reader surprised and thinking that they should have seen it coming all along. It's second only to the climax.

Critical Choice

The Critical Choice is comes when your character has changed because of their Quest. They’ve been affected by the Surprises. Now, they are at a crossroads, faced with the biggest decision of the plot. This who they are.



The climax is probably one of the more well know points of the story. This is where the critical choice made by your character comes to a head. The highest peak of tension, in your story. This is what your story has been building up to, so when you get here make sure the moment fits well.


The reversal is the inevitable result of the critical choice and the climax. Everything changes at the reversal. It can be of positive or negative in nature, but there has to be change in your character. Nothing should happen for no reason, changes in status should not fall out of the sky.


The resolution is a return to some form of normalcy. The characters will be wiser after their journey and they will be changed from their struggle. Resolution ties up loose ends and lets the reader leave satisfied. If you’re setting up a sequel, the Resolution is the new Stasis, and the next Trigger interrupts that Stasis.

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One man's struggle to feel whole again.
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Sara is finding out that sometimes to move forward in life you have to go backwards.
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 Twist of Fate  (E)
For those about to cross the line.
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