Won’t you please, please learn these rules of storytelling

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon FogartyIf you’re trying to write (or revise) a book, a short story, a play, or a commercial advertisement and you do not know the necessary elements of a good story, then you will not succeed.

Write that down. You will not succeed, if you don’t know what makes a story work.

Remember that. You will not succeed unless you learn the rules.

You will bore me. You will not succeed, if I’m disappointed in your story.

I will not finish reading. You will not succeed, if you don’t know the tricks of the storytelling trade.

If there’s even a tiny chance that you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, then please take ten minutes to listen to Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty’s podcast “The Rules of Story” based on Lisa Cron’s book about what our brains crave in a story.

Learn more about this topic:

Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder

Story
by Robert McKee

Wired for Story
by Lisa Cron

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