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What works for me may not work for you

David Gane
David Gane

A story works in all different forms. What works for me may not work for you.

My structure may not work for your story. You may want more acts, fewer acts, or no acts. You might wish to clean, crisp divisions, or you might want them to swirl together like paint in a glass of water.

You might prefer stories that close in neat tight packages or open like a stack of treasure boxes, each with another journey hidden within.

The fact is story is flexible like that and is open to a multitude of potentials. The only thing you need to do is understand what works best and ignore anyone who tells you to use their way as the only way.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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