Story Structure In 3 Words – Alan Watt [Founder of L.A. Writers' Lab]

25 thoughts on “Story Structure In 3 Words – Alan Watt [Founder of L.A. Writers' Lab]

  1. Writers, regardless of type, tend to lack six sigma skills. If they used such skills they could overlay already published writing instruction material and identify the best practices and omit useless ideas and information. It's not the structure that's incorrect, its what the structure is. When AI designs structure for an airplane it looks nothing like the planes that fly now. So planes now are inefficient and AI designs an efficient structure. Writers need to implement the same theory and processes.

  2. A good insight but Mr Watt should have been able to make it in a less convoluted way, in my opinion.

    A thought that I keep reminding myself of is not to look at a structure/story/character issue as a problem, rather, see it as an opportunity. If writing is a combination of head and heart, which is how I look at it, then use one – head or heart – to solve an issue, or create opportunity, for the other.
    If "Head" is the technical and "Heart" is the emotional then their should be some fluidity between the two, just as there is in human beings in real life.
    As an example: If one character in your story kills another and it isn't working because of the technical (The place in the script where you made it happen, or structure) then you could address that in the following (Emotional) way. Have your two characters argue in that initial scene, then in a later scene they fight, then in a further scene the murder occurs.
    This means that you have created an opportunity for yourself as a writer – you now get to write 3 scenes instead of one – and for the story itself – to change the structure. If you had purely seen it as a problem you might well have just removed the initial murder scene altogether, and missed an opportunity!

    I hope the above makes sense, it does in my head! 🙂

  3. A refreshing dazzle of simple brilliance vs. all of the attempts, by the inexhaustible pundits, to baffle with bullshit. SOoooo wish I could take this class!

  4. "…any character will let go of meaning they made out of their goal: surrender"

    Can someone elaborate on that comment and provide some examples from movies?

    Thank you

  5. Beautiful left background. Thinking, what would camera 3ft right look like? Vertical lines in molding penetrating head would be gone. Two movies have lingered with me recently, 'Man from Reno' and "A Fortunate Man'. Neither fit the Hollywood mold. Certainly, the latter could fit Alan's DST model.

  6. I don’t understand that “surrender”. What does it mean “let go of the meaning they made out of their goal”?

  7. This is a really good interview. this guy knows what he's talking about.
    and really thinking about, a lot of 'bad' stories are 'incomplete' stories. An unimportant or 'filler' moment can be given so much more meaning with context, foreshadowing, irony, etc.

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