My latest blog describes my reasons for my next project - writing my auotbiography. However, I wish to have input from my readers. There are only two choices and they have to do with creating a plot structure.
The Traditional Three-Act Structure. This tells the story in chronological order. I would start with the beginning, setting the scene, and describing the event that sets my story in motion.
The middle part, or the confrontation act, describes my journey and the obstacles and characters I encounter along the way. In this part, I may also introduce an antagonist, which could be a major challenge instead instead of a person: something like societal beliefs, for instance, or a process/thing that needs figuring out. Throughout the confrontation act, I’m building up the suspense.
Then, finally, I come to the end part, or the resolution act. This is where I face off: the climax that I’ve been building towards, emphasizing what I want my reader to take away from it all.
Manipulating Time. With this structure, I start my story somewhere in the middle and then use flashbacks to tell my reader how it all began. I can also jump forward to future events and then go back to an earlier point in time. This structure is especially effective when there’s a risk that my reader may lose interest in the set-up and just wants to know what will happen next. Otherwise, everything is the same, just in a different order.