Master Powerful Storytelling Techniques–One Example at a Time

Story Structure Simplified

Completing a screenplay or a novel can be overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be.

At Scribe Meets World, basic storytelling fundamentals–and complicated nuances–are explained in an accessible, straightforward way.

With lots of examples. Lots and lots of examples.

If you’re a screenwriter or novelist who wants practical tips to maximize the commercial appeal of your story, this is the place for you.

Welcome, scribe, welcome!

Confused about story structure?

Order matters.

The sequence of events in your story can produce an extraordinary emotional experience for readers–or a dull one.

If you need help understanding story structure:

Get a grip on storytelling basics…

…with these highlights from the Scribe Meets World archives:

You can access additional writing articles by clicking here.

Need more advanced help?

If you want to go beyond the basics, here’s a good way to do it: read a screenplay and then compare it to its final film version.

(This, by the way, is also helpful to novelists who want to write commercial fiction; see the note below.)

Trust me. You’ll learn loads.

While beneficial, this activity is also time-consuming.

Save time and read my screenplay vs film breakdowns instead.

I’ve got to warn you: these articles are long and thorough. They’re for writers who are serious about developing their craft.

What if I’m a novelist? Can this site help me?


Although this website was originally intended for screenwriters, it’s always focused on the principles of sound storytelling (as opposed to screenplay format, for example).

What does that mean for you, as a novelist?

It means that when you come across phrases such as, “screenwriting tips,” “screenplay writing,” or “writing for movies,” in many cases, you can still benefit from the advice in those articles.

In other words, the content on this site can help you develop a commercial novel with the plot twists and compact structure of successful Hollywood films.

That being said, there are two caveats:

  1. You may have to adadpt the tips to apply them to your manuscript.
  2. All the examples on this website come from movies (or movies adapted from novels).

You may also be interested in…

…one of my comprehensive writing guides, which put core storytelling concepts “under the microscope.”

Click on a cover image to learn more:

  • Story Outlines (book cover)
  • Inciting Incident (book cover)
  • Trough of Hell (book cover)
  • Story Climax (book cover)
  • Story Stakes (book cover)

I wish you much success on your writing journey.

Montblanc by Luigi Crespo