Story Sense for Writers: A guide to the essentials
Story Sense for Writers: A guide to the essentials

Story Sense for Writers: A guide to the essentials

by Murray Ewing

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Everyone has a natural “story sense”, honed by the thousands of stories we’re exposed to growing up, from fairy tales, TV shows, movies, novels, comic strips, family anecdotes and playground jokes, to the founding myths of our many cultures.

And just as musicians combine their natural, in-born sense of timing, pitch, melody and harmony with a learned knowledge of music theory to further their art, writers can combine this natural “story sense” with a little learned knowledge to further theirs.

In this way, what was just an intuitive guide becomes a reliable tool in the hand, to pick up and use when you need it, or lay aside when you don’t.

This short book presents the basic ideas of how stories are structured, and how that structure helps the stories we tell work better and be more meaningful: truths that have emerged from the many stories we humans have told one another throughout the ages. It presents a good, solid story-building framework to stick to when you need it, or ignore when things are going great.

Learning about story structure can only deepen your appreciation of the stories you read and watch, and make the stories you create work all the better!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999626945
Publisher: Murray Ewing
Publication date: 03/28/2019
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.19(d)

Table of Contents

Story Sense

Story Ingredients


Character problem


Some classic dilemmas

Make them, break them, then break the mould







The Turn


One act, three acts, five acts

The heroic number

The classic three act structure

Stories are fractal

Story Shape

The Hook

The Inciting Incident

The Halfway Point



The Obligatory Scene


Story Meaning

Story Value

The Vice

Story Types

Some Story Theories & Further Reading


The Once Upon a Time Exercise


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