“Rock” is based in structure, logic, and specific, intentional, design.
It’s the logical, premeditated, directional, masculine side of you story.
By contrast, “juice” is improvisational, free-associated, intuitive, and feminine.
Why is “rock” necessary?
It gives your story form and shape. It’s the catch-all term we’ll be using for the infrastructure that a story is built around. The skeleton beneath all stories.
If story is all about communication, then “rock” allows the writer and the audience to be speaking the same symbolic language.
This common language is story structure itself. The form and shape of the development of the story.
By utilizing well designed story structure, your story resonates with the natural patterns the audience feels should be there. They feel your story develops “naturally” and feels “organic.”
That’s what “rock” is…
The pattern that is instantly recognized by the human psyche as the natural form a story should take.
This goes well beyond just “beginning, “middle,” and “end.”
For each of the different types of stories:
- Long form
- Short form
- Mini form
There is a corresponding structure to understand in depth, in order to tell these stories well:
Let’s look first at short form stories, where the “cubby” method is the way to go.