Great writing advice from Cristina R. Guarino.
Taylor wrote a wonderful post recently about breaking rules with your writing. She’s spot on, and while I agree that most (writing!) rules are meant to be broken, some are best followed—and one of those is following the structure of the story arc, or the structure for a convincing story. Much like character arcs, story arcs require a bit of planning. Pantsers beware!
There are two popular ways to look at the story arc: the Narrative Arc often discussed in literature (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), and the eight-point story arc originally introduced by
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