There’s no one secret formula for a great story, even if Pixar has its rules and other people have their own ideas. There are as many great shapes for a story to take as there are stories. But Chuck Wendig, author of the Blackbirds series, has a pretty great example of how to structure a kick-ass story.

Top image: Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig.

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Here’s Wendig’s list of things that happen in a story, which he posted on his blog — as tweeted by Saladin Ahmed:


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