Discussions of Melodrama and its uses is finished. Now we'll start to talk about Patterns in stories.
All stories make promises. The writer has something to tell the reader. When you write a story, the details are yours to create, the characters, the setting, the characters and the problems they face and the way these problems are solved. As the story builds events happen. People in the stories may grow and change. The story may emerge as a formeless series of incidents that may or may not relate. A pattern has formed but one of confusion. Finding a pattern to fit your story helps organize the incidents into a story. Good thing is there are many patterns to choose and to form the story. Rather than a formeless one, having a pattern helps make the story become clear. We'll be looking at the kinds of patterns and their uses in the weeks to come.