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The best thing to begin with are the “Models of Structure” which lays out in excessive detail the two dominant models: classic three act structure and Vogler’s based on the work of Joseph Campbell. Three act structure was initially taught by Aristotle.  The best-known current proponent is Bob McKee and the first thirty pages of this are a summary of his three-day course. The balance is a synopsis of The Hero’s Journey by Vogler who posited that the journey of the protagonist in a story is similar to that of the hero in Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces.” They are worth looking at, but one does not write from a model. On the other hand, if your story is missing one of these structural elements, it is worth looking at.

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