I’m reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, which makes screenwriting structure available to novelists. It seems most novel writing books don’t teach structure. They teach craft techniques like Voice, Point of View, Show Don’t Tell, Active Verbs, but rarely how to structure a story. Story Engineering is superb for novelists and screenwriters. Have you read this yet?
Larry says: “The reality of good storytelling at this advanced level will turn you into a beat-by-beat story planner sooner or later. The more you recognize the validity of this model, the more drawn you’ll be to putting some planning time into your stories before you write them.”
Do you plan your story or ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ ?