No, no, no ... not the A to Z Challenge. LOL. I mean using your ABCs to remember the elements of creating a great story. This is a technique from the ever inspiring Anne Lamott.
A is for ACTION : set the scene and launch the events early
B is for BACKGROUND: put it in context, but don't let the reader get ahead of the MC
C is for CONFLICT: the MC's impetus to achieve his goal cannot be easy. The tension produced must come from the MC's desires, and be sustained by obstacles
D is for DEVELOPMENT: this is the bulk of the plot, or the journey. It should bring the MC closer to resolution and elevate suspense
E is for END: this is the final crisis when MC must decide how to resolve. This is the tipping point, the consequences after the climax. How has the MC and his world changed? The end should include the final release of tension
There, you see? Easy as ABCDE. Right? Uh, yeah, not quite. Crafting stories is darn hard. And anyone who tells you differently is probably not creating very strong stories.
Thanks for stopping by here! I always appreciate your visits and comments. Hope you're having a delightful weekend. Do you find it easy or difficult to implement this kind of structure in your stories? I've found I prefer a formulaic way of thinking, even though I love the free creative flow just as much. Combining the two is what works best for me.