Beginning Writing: Newbie’s Bizarre Adventure

Where their original Digimon goes on an adventure with the Power Rangers and is revealed to be the third child of Darth Vader.

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Every writer starts from somewhere. Nobody’s born a Tolkien, a Lewis, a Martin, or a Rowling. It’s a path that is born from a passion, a great interest, and a creative vision that we wish to breathe life into. All very fine, fanciful things to say.

The ACTUAL journey, on the other hand, tends to have a lot LESS dignity.

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Structure 101: Beginning With Beginnings

As in “Once upon a time, there was this kingdom, things used to be good, then they got messed up because of this evil thing, and they were incapable of solving their own problems until a complete stranger showed up.”

There are many ways to look at stories: Stories are about conflict, stories are about themes and messages, stories are just for entertainment, stories are a bright spot in a dark universe, stories are how we face our inner demons, stories are a series of words arranged in a certain way in order to describe a series of events.

But beneath all that quotable fluff that’s fodder for inspiration porn, beyond the genres and motives, stories share something under the hood: A beginning, middle, and end.

And over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a closer look at the skeleton of stories, starting with…the middle, clearly.

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