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    The right format

    How to create the right format for a story?

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    Ya gotta be a little more specific than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken11 View Post
    How to create the right format for a story?
    It depends on your intentions for the story, self-publishing, submitting to a magazine, posting on-line? Ralph is right, we need more context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayview View Post
    Do you mean format like layout, or format like structure?
    Both.

    Both layout and structure are unfamiliar terms to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken11 View Post
    Both.

    Both layout and structure are unfamiliar terms to me.
    Layout would be, like, formatting what the end product will actually look like. Margins and indents and headers and fonts and whatever. These issues are really only important if you're self-publishing.

    Structure would be an aspect of the writing itself - the introduction, a plot arc, or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayview View Post
    Layout would be, like, formatting what the end product will actually look like. Margins and indents and headers and fonts and whatever. These issues are really only important if you're self-publishing.

    Structure would be an aspect of the writing itself - the introduction, a plot arc, or whatever.
    What - in a couple of sentences - does plot arc really mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken11 View Post
    What - in a couple of sentences - does plot arc really mean?
    The traditional plot arc for a short story is introduction-rising action-climax-denoument, but there are certainly other structures out there. It's essentially the framework you're trying to use to structure your story and make it more than "here's a bunch of stuff that happened".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken11 View Post
    What - in a couple of sentences - does plot arc really mean?
    Start with what you enjoy reading or watching. Read or watch it again, noticing the beginning, middle and end.

    Do you have favorites you'd like to discuss and use as examples?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all trades View Post
    Start with what you enjoy reading or watching. Read or watch it again, noticing the beginning, middle and end.

    Do you have favorites you'd like to discuss and use as examples?
    So, the plot arc would mean the beginning, middle and end?

    I'd have to think about what I'd need discussing. Give me time pls.

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