This year's beach read--Horton Hatches the Egg--inspired by daughter Pearl, reminds me of the value of studying children's stories for classic structure. Cinderella is the usual choice, but I recommend Horton as a great example of "only trouble is interesting". Horton undergoes countless trials as he waits for the egg to hatch. In the end, still loyal 100%, Horton emerges a true hero--and a Dad to boot! From the northern California coast, wishing you happy creating.
Labels: story arc, story structure, yearning and narrative drive