“. . . A piece of creative writing without structure is like bread without yeast," writes Charlotte Rains Dixon. “Or a pen without ink. Or coffee without caffeine in it.”
“Structure is what makes the writing hold up,” she continues. “Picture a clothesline with the string between two poles all loose and wavy. No way you can hang clothes on it.
“Now think of that same string as pulled taut, and it accepts your shirts and shorts and underwear just fine.
“Structure allows your scenes and characters and plot points a place to hang on. Otherwise, they are just dangling in the wind,” she says.
Be sure to come back Thursday when we’ll continue looking at various ways to structure your memoir. In the meantime, look over these recent related posts:
There you have it, your Tuesday Tidbit.