The standard narrative structure is the pervasive happy ending story: tragedy-struggle-redemption. It shows up everywhere, from blog post to essay to major motion picture. In much of our cultural story-telling, we expect things to end on a positive note. There has to be redemption. Happy ending stories can make for some great reading, but what if your words don’t fit that model? How do we write without it? Or even – can we write without it? Does everything need a beginning, middle, and a nice tidy end?
In this week’s lesson and discussion, we’ll look at narrative structure: what works and what doesn’t. We’ll look at sample essays, discussing what we see as the author’s intention (their why), and how the author’s voice follows (or doesn’t follow) the expected narrative.
We’ll really get into ideas of what works and what doesn’t in this lesson because next week, we turn our attention to your writing.
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