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Structure and Time: Castles built on shifting sand soon crumble….
House of Words
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” …Lewis Carroll.
When I was a kid, aside from wanting to be a writer, part of me wanted to be an architect. To design and build houses – and castles – from the ground up. To focus on the 3-D aesthetic of what goes where and how it all fits together. As I grew up, I realized that you don’t have to build houses to focus on the elements of construction. And so today, I want to talk about literary structure, about how, as writers, we are architects with words.
First, let me clarify: I am not talking about plot. Personally, I tend to be a little lukewarm about plot. But I love structure.
And at heart, structure is largely a matter of knowing – and keeping…
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