Eric May – Media Consultant




Here are six variations of basic story structure.


Each has a beginning, middle, and end. 

What makes each structure different is that each starts in a unique way, and builds from there...


Narrative structure is “the classical form” and is the most recognized by audiences: character/conflict/resolution.

chronology is also very easy to understand and audiences like it. Chronologies show events as they happened and unfolded.

Begin with the very latest first, then back up, and tell the events that led to what happened.

Start from the point of view of the character (or the writer), describing what happened in the first person.

memorable/iconic image or sentence that has the power to express the entire story in a picture or a few words.

contrast, comparison, change, in other words, making a connection between the very known and the completely unknown. This is very powerful, and the reason why people are morbidly fascinated with airplane crashes or car accidents; most everyone knows what it is like to fly in an airplane, or drive a car, but if something went wrong... “what if it was me?”