James Scott Bell’s a Disturbance and Two Doorways

James Scott Bell’s a Disturbance and Two Doorways

As we saw in our Narrative Technique Series, there are several methodologies for creating a story and making it compelling. For instance, often, a story begins with the protagonist facing a particular situation. Sometimes, he has to face two choices. This Story Structure is the James Scott Bell’s Disturbance and Two Doorways. What is James …

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Narrative Techniques Series: #14 Narrative Hook

Narrative Techniques Series: #14 Narrative Hook

Have you ever started reading a book that got you so hooked that you couldn’t stop? In this case, it’s the Narrative Hook, a narrative technique that we explain today in this Narrative Technique Series article. What is the Narrative Technique of the Hook? The Narrative Technique of the Hook consists of the story opening …

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Three-Act Story Structure

Three-Act Story Structure

Throughout this Story Structures Series, we have learned several methods and techniques for structuring a narrative: from Randy Ingermanson’s method to the more classic Dean Koontz method. In this article, we explain how to structure a story with the Three-Act Story Structure. What is The Three-Act Story Structure? It is a classic and basic method …

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Narrative Techniques Series: #13 Frame Story and Framing Device

Narrative Techniques Series: #13 Frame Story and Framing Device

In this new article dedicated to Narrative Techniques Series, we address Frame Story and Framing Device Narrative Techniques. They are different from each other and somehow intertwined. It is not a simple link between the various events told in a story. A “frame” encloses the facts and stories of the narrative. What are the Narrative …

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Dean Koontz’s Classic Story Structure

Dean Koontz’s Classic Story Structure

Let’s move in our journey of Story Structure Series writing about Dean Koontz’s Classic Story Structure. In the previous article, we learn about Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method whereas the Dean Koontz’s method is simpler. It equally takes its cue from the base of the story, elaborated however differently, through three main steps. What is the …

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Narrative Techniques Series: #12 Cliffhanger

Narrative Techniques Series: #12 Cliffhanger

Do you know how when you’re reading a book, the chapter ends with such a suspenseful ending that you can’t stop reading? The same thing happens in cinema, in some movies, and especially in some TV series. In this article of our Narrative Techniques Series, we’re learning something new about the Cliffhanger technique. What is …

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Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method

Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method

To structure a novel is not a simple thing. Besides the narration, you have to choose different elements. For instance, which narrative techniques to use, how to create dialogues and others. In this first part of our Story Structure Series, you can learn how to structure a novel with Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. Everything starts …

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Narrative Techniques Series: #11 Ticking Time Bomb

Narrative Techniques Series: #11 Ticking Time Bomb

Ten, nine, eight… and your heart begin to accelerate. This is the eleventh of our Narrative Techniques Series: the Ticking Time Bomb scenario. The Ticking Time Bomb scenario and the countdown coincide, and they have the same result. The reader is really involved, and it is not possible to stop the reading in this situation. …

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