DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
with D.J. ADAMSON
Tried and True,
The Wizard of Oz
A structural Literary Model.
**Since many of us have watched the movie The Wizard of Oz more than we have read L. Frank Baum books, I will reference the movie, not the book Also, don’t miss the contest at the end of this blog.
Story has structure no matter its genre. Its elements include: Setting, Character, Themes, Plot: Conflicts and Climax, and Denouement. Each of these creates a great story. Learning structure sets the foundation for the enjoyment of the reader, and more importantly, the reader comes away with having been enlightened. No story offers a greater example of this than The Wizard of Oz (W of Oz).
Inner Conflict: The themes presented by the characters create the inner conflicts. Dorothy needs to learn – Click, click—There Is No Place Like Home. ( We should all put on our ruby red slippers every day and give them a click or two. We can do it, anytime we want.)
If a writer has a solid concept of a story’s elements, putting them together is easier in story writing. The first of a story introduces the setting, characters and main protagonist’s problem. The second part provides the steps necessary for the main character to solve their problem and construct the themes. The third part pulls together the conflicts to a climax. There is no better way to learn how, than to read as much as possible, write as many stories as possible, and to watch the Wizard of Oz.
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