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 am a Kentucky mountain girl far from home, perhaps far from the girl years. I am an aspiring writer with a wonderful husband who puts up with this writing and reading addiction I have. He also puts up with all of the yarn and knitting. I have four canine children and a ton of friends I love dearly. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 1/2 and have still managed to have a good life despite all the pain. So, I invite you to join me in this journey and just possibly have fun along the way.
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One Response to The Story Arc

  1. EM Biddulph says:

    Thank you! 🙂

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