S23E2 – Parallel Structure

It’s about time. Stories about time. Throughout August, we’ll be talking about the use of time within story structure, as well as less common structures available.

Story structures are the framework used to build a fiction novel or even short stories. Common ones include the three-act, five-act, seven point, or the hero’s journey. Some stories, though, allow for more creativity in the way the story is presented. It’s not all linear, but could be a “big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.” It’s difficult to pull off in a sensible way, but worth at least trying.

This episode is about the use of parallel structure in creating a style that has readers leaning toward the end of your story without knowing exactly how you’re going to get there.

Listen now to learn how to use multiple points of view and play with timelines – even across centuries – to tell your story in a fresh and interesting fashion.

First aired August 5, 2021.

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