I have returned home from working several days this week at a Kids Camp for foster kids. It was both rewarding and exhausting. Regardless, I am glad to be back home and return to the world of writing.
In the past month, I came across a website that has helped me focus on my writing structure. This article essentially talks about the four different types of story structures: milieu, idea, character, and event.
I found that in the past, I was trying to incorporate several different types of story structures into one story, and it was bogging down my writing terribly. It was like trying to shove an elephant into a peanut butter jar. No matter how hard I pushed, it just was not going to happen.
I have come to realize that I am really a writer that writes stories that circulate around events. I do include some elements of ideas, character and milieu – but they have been too intrusive in my story in the past and has jumbled up my progress with the plot. My stories are generally in third person. I do have a viewpoint character that my story is told through.
I generally start with a small portion of the world and then slowly expand the world for the reader. I have to continuously watch this with my writing. I get so excited about my world that I want to tell the reader everything at once, but this is not necessary. In fact, I have found that giving away so much information is generally defeating to engaging readers.
What type of writer are you?