That's another thing that, like story structure, isn't negotiable. ****. Interested in seeing if your story plan is solid? Or if your draft works as well as it could? If your story physics are optimized or lobotomized?
I don't often review articles from fiction or screenplay writers because it is too difficult to translate their insights about stories into the business world without a lot of work. Until now. I love what this author Larry Brooks did -- distinguish between story STRUCTURE and story STRATEGY.
As he points out, the structure of a story is pretty well set. Authors and storytellers know the structure, follow the structure, and there is not too much more to say about it. As friend and story colleague Doug Lipman once said to me, "Focusing only on structure does not build storytelling skills."
The author here makes the same point by distinguishing between story structure and story strategy. And it's the strategy of how you are going to share a story where there is infinite creativity. Yes!
The examples shared illustrate Brooks' points very well. Enjoy this piece and how it can clarify your work.
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it