Story Organization

What do I want to say? Where do I put it?

  1. The lead.
  2. Material that explains and amplifies the lead.
  3. Necessary background material
  4. Secondary or less important material.
  5. Descending pyramids. Narrative.
  6. Transitions
  7. Quotes
  8. Ending.

Form versus content. Form becomes part of content. Without form, content can be lost.

Know what you want to say. Then say it. Don’t begin by saying something else which you think will lead up to what you want to say. (The city council met last night)

Never start writing without a plan in mind. Even long, complicated stories can be stated in a sentence or two.