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How to Choose Your Story’s Structure

Learn the ins and outs of five powerful storytelling structures

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How Do You Choose the Best
Storytelling Structure
For Your Story?

It's a question that haunts most writers.

Especially intuitive writers--pantsers--who tend to write organically.

My friend Beth falls into that category. But she loves the Hero's Journey, and several other storytelling structures.

When I asked her how she made the leap to loving structure, she said, "I didn't, at first."

"In my early days, I read a book about using plot points, and I decided to try it.

But I struggled to figure out what went around those plot points.

The author of the book recommended that I write some of those plot points out of order.

It's a method that works for some people, but it confused me.

It took me five years to finish that novel."

"That's awful," I replied. "It's amazing that you didn't give up on structure completely."

"I thought about it," said Beth.

"But then I came across the Hero's Journey, and something clicked. I wrote my next novel in only six weeks."

Why does a story's structure make writing it easier...or harder?

When you find a storytelling structure that resonates with the kind of stories you want to tell, that structure stimulates your imagination.

Beth isn't alone--I had the same experience.

Ironically, it was the opposite for me...I got stuck every time I tried the Hero's Journey. I needed those plot points that stymied Beth.

Which storytelling structure would set your creativity free?

Using the wrong structure can ruin the story you’re about to write.

It’s like shoving a square peg into a round hole. At best, nothing happens. At worst, the peg gets stuck.

Choosing the wrong structure can cause you to get stuck—because the structure works against you as you’re telling the story.

You might mistake it for writer’s block. And spend weeks…or months…being stuck, until you figure out the right structure for your story.

Even if you manage to finish a story whose structure isn’t best for the kind of story you’re telling, it won’t be as good as it should be.

The story feels off.

It doesn’t unfold in a way that engages your reader’s imagination.

You might never understand why…if you don’t understand how different structures take your plot in different directions.

(Story structure is NOT plot. But story structure gives rise to plot.)

In this special training, you’ll learn the ins and outs of five powerful storytelling structures:

  • -- The Three-Act Structure
  • -- The Hero’s Journey
  • -- The Virgin Archetypal Journey
  • -- The 5-Point Plot Structure
  • -- The Five Commandments of Storytelling

You'll also learn:

  • -- what kinds of stories each structure lends itself to
  • -- how each structure is related to the other four, and
  • -- how “obligatory scenes” fit into these structures.

If you're a plotter, this training will deepen your understanding of these five storytelling structures so you can plot more easily.

Once you sign up, you’ll get:

  • -- More than two hours of training in Video (MP4) and audio (MP3)
  • -- A PDF containing all the slides
  • -- A transcript of the live training
  • -- Cheat sheets and worksheets for the story structures
  • -- Bonus course: 7 Keys to Story Planning (FREE)

But what if you’re a pantser?

What if the word “structure” gives you hives?

Beth is an organic writer who has learned to use structure as a loose framework that guides her through a story.

She’ll show you how a relaxed approach to story structure can free your creativity.

Use These Structures To Plan Your Story…Or Use Them To Edit

If you’ve written a story by the seat of your pants…

…or if you’re a plotter who wandered pretty far from your outline,

…understanding how to apply these structures in edits can be the life preserver that rescues your story.

In the training, Beth will talk about how to figure out what structure your story might fall into and how to use that structure to give your story wings.

As always, have questions as you're applying the material to your own story, you canemail Beth with any questions.

Your Free Bonus Course: 7 Keys to Story Planning

If you’d like a quick crash course in story planning, you're covered: you'll get Beth's course, 7 Keys to Story Planning, for FREE when you reserve your seat in How to Choose Your Story's Structure.

This course will give you an overview of the basics in characterization, worldbuilding, theme, and creating a story outline.

7 Keys to Story Planning normally sells for $17, but Beth's giving it to you for free because she wants you to be able to apply what you learn about plot structure right away.


There’s a reason traditional story structures like The Hero’s Journey have evolved--because when you follow them, it becomes easy to tell a story readers love.

They're a way of organizing your story that automatically make sense to readers.

The more skillfully you apply these powerful storytelling structures, the more addictive your fiction will be.

If you've tried to plot according to a traditional story structure but it hasn't worked...

If your stories feel "off" but you can't put your finger on why...

If you've been confused by the Hero's Journey or three-act structure in the past...

...don't miss out on this chance to master five powerful storytelling structures and take your fiction to the next level!

Happy writing,

Beth & Lynn



Your Instructor


Beth Barany and Lynn Johnston
Beth Barany and Lynn Johnston

Beth Barany

Award-winning novelist, Master NLP Practitioner and certified creativity coach for writers, Beth Barany’s courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away.

Beth runs the Writer's Fun Zone blog, for and by creative writers, where you can download her free reports on book marketing and novel writing.

She is also the author of The Writer's Adventure Guide, Overcome Writer's Block, and Twitter for Authors.

She takes great interest in how humans learn, create, and grow, and includes all her students’ life experiences, including the ancestors, into the moment.


Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston is a writing mentor and award-winning author with a passion for teaching fiction writers how to increase the emotional impact of their stories to turn readers into fans.

She blogs at Write Smarter, Not Harder, where you can download her free ebook, Editing for Story.

She's also the author of The 30 Day Novel Workbook, The 30 Day Romance Novel Workbook, and The Writer's Guide to Getting Organized.

Lynn would love to teach you her methods for plotting organically, creating archetypal characters, planning a series, making setting a character in your story, and much more.


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When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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