If stories have structure, it can be said that stories have a shape as well. If you need more convincing, read on.
What does it take to be a successful writer? Stephen J. Cannell has the absolute answer. It’s simpler than you think.
I’m a firm believer in outlining a story before writing the first draft. The outline isn’t written in stone. I allow myself to diverge if needed, but I always come back to the story line. It’s my map from A to B. Here’s a different method you might want to consider.
I don’t know about you, but if I go too long without creating something, anything really, including writing, animation, sketching, or photography, I get irritable. Down right nasty. Just ask my wife.