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Parts of a story


It has been said every story contains certain elements whether War & Peace or Little Miss Muffet... as such...

Little Miss Muffet (establish characters)
Sat on a tuffet, (establish location)
Eating her curds and whey; (develop activity/action)
Along came a spider, (introduce conflict)
Who sat down beside her (build conflict/suspense)
And frightened Miss Muffet away. (resolve conflict)

This example credited to Jim Shooter when Editor in Chief @ Marvel Comics)
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