On Fiction University:
Not every story needs to be told in the Three Act Structure.
Every fiction writer from veteran to novice knows there’s a collection of “don’ts” when writing.
Don’t use adverbs
Don’t use adjectives
Don’t use any tag other than ‘said’.
Don’ts abound in narrative structures, too, (how the story is delivered). Nevertheless, this summer I’ve read several bodies of fiction that used ‘Forbidden Formats’ with outstanding results. Let’s unpack a few and analyze why they worked—and how they can be utilized in your fiction.