The Story Arc

EM Biddulph

One of the most valuable things I learned through studying Creative Writing at University was the Story Arc.

The structure of a story

Like most things, the Story Arc (or, tSA from here) begins at the beginning and carries on through to the end. It is so named because it shows the curve of a plotted storyline in any written piece of fiction.

There are several distinct ‘events’ that make up a story:

  1. The Inciting Incident
  2. Obstacle (to overcome)
  3. Midpoint
  4. Obstacle (to overcome)
  5. Climax

The sections between these five events help to bridge the story, engage the reader, and aid with building the drama through to the end of the story. These sections are:

  1. Routine
  2. Change
  3. Tension
  4. Change
  5. Tension
  6. Denouement

Start/Establish Routine

This first step – to establish routine – is basically an introduction to your story. It is the very start, the insight into the daily life (or, routine)…

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About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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1 Response to The Story Arc

  1. EM Biddulph says:

    Thank you! 🙂

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