How much attention do you pay to structure when writing your first draft? I don’t pay it too much after the outline is written. But once I start on the revising process structure becomes very important. A good structure in story will make it well timed, easy to read, and keep the reader engaged.
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler (A Michael Wiese Productions Book) http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Journey-Mythic-Structure-3rd/dp/193290736X
is a must have in my library. I need it to refer back to at any given time when concentrating on the structure of my story. Every story has certain aspects that must be there to be meaningful and worthwhile to the reader and to you as the writer. In the Writer’s Journey the author has laid out the Stages of the hero’s journey. He does it basically for screenwriting while also pointing out that it is for any writing. I use the hero’s journey as an outline for the story itself, any story. It’s my blueprint.
Let me know what you think? What do you do to structure your stories?