In fact, it is something that can, at times, make all of us, even the best of us, feel like a dummy.
Structure is so complicated because it has so many moving parts, each with rationale and mission-driven contexts behind it, and it is challenging because it is less than completely precise. It’s not math, we’re looking beneath the narrative of a story to see how it works, rather than the specifics of what happens.
So much easier to suggest that we simply step up to the tee and take a swing, you can always hit out of the trees later.
To make this even fuzzier, there are credible writing teachers and guru-types out there that either teach it in an incomplete or imprecise way, or they don’t believe in it at all.
And yet, when you see it, you can’t unsee it.
And you will see it if you look for it.
You will find a clear and rather simplistic structural model within nearly every publishable novel that you read and every movie that you see.
One model. With many variable options. But nonetheless… one model.
Hear this, and hear it clearly: Story does NOT trump structure. Story IS structure.