Notes from The Structuralist: How Structure Helps Your Work

If you were building a house, would you put up the brilliant blue shutters before you laid the foundation?  Such a house would not stand.  Similarly, when you pour your voice – however brilliant – upon the page unframed, you create something that cannot hold together.

When playwrights first work with me, they are often opposed to structure.  They associate structure with compromise, commercialism and conventionality — the three dread Cs.  They want their writing to be unfettered, free and open to inspiration from the muse.  They want to find their unique voice.

via Breaking Character | Notes from The Structuralist: How Structure Helps Your Work.

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