Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story 3—Opposition

This is one post I will read over and over, I’ll save it for my cliff notes file, I’ll refer to it again and again. Why? Because Kristen Lamb keeps the conflict in story structure simple.
In Anatomy of a best selling story 3, Kristen explains story structure in such simple terms even I understand.
No Conflict? No Story. Thanks Kristen, I learn something from your blog every week.

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Ah, structure. We are discussing the fundamentals of story. No skeleton and our story is a puddle of primordial adverb ooze. In Part One, we talked about the micro scale of fiction the scene and the sequel, cause and effect. In Part Two, we panned out for the BIG picture, Aristotelian Three-Act Structure.

Today? We talk about the essential ingredient for ALL fiction. Just like carbon is the ONE key ingredient for all LIFE, conflict is the key ingredient for ALL stories. No conflict? No story.

If you want to self-publish or indie publish, I would assume most of you want to be successfully published, regardless the format or distributor. To be considered “successfully published” we have to sell a lot of books. To sell a lot of books, we must connect with readers. That is what this series is about. Structure is how readers connect to stories. The…

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