How to Learn Story Structure Without Even Trying

Today, I’m guest posting on Moody Writing, with a post about “How to Learn Story Structure Without Even Trying.” Here’s an excerpt:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

Structuring Your Novel (affiliate link)

What to know how to learn story structure? Here’s a secret about story structure that you may not have realized: You already know it.

Many authors are intimidated by the mere thought of structure. As if writing isn’t already enough of a juggling act, now we’re expected to also make certain our plot fits into some nebulous framework. It can be daunting, to say the least.

But here’s the great thing about structure: it’s neither nebulous nor difficult to learn.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. I never think about structure when I’m writing. I just tell the story. The first book I ever wrote was Acting is Storytelling, back in ’86 for my actors in an ongoing class I was teaching. One of the platitudes I wrote was (this was originally for actors, but I find many similarities between acting and writing): Every conscious step you take toward analyzing or interpreting the story, takes you one step away from the story. Another is: Most writers analyze too much and create too little…it’s better to eat your soup than to speculate on it. Oh, I’m a true pantser. I just tell the damn story and it seems to work out fine.

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