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Story structure: What’s the story?

Do you have a story or just a situation? What’s the difference and why should you care? Hollywood script doctor Jeff Lyons explains

If I were to ask you, ‘Do you know what a story is,’ you would probably feel a little put out. After all, you’ve probably been writing stories for a long time, in fact, you might even make your living from writing stories. Honestly, he’s asking me that? The cheek!

‘Story’ is a common term d’art in the world of creative writing. Everyone knows what a story is, right? You would think so, but, alas, this is not the case. So don’t be offended by my question, because what we’re about to discuss is something that is not taught in writing classes, post-graduate degree programmes, or written about in most writing-craft, how-to books.

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