I read an article from the Help and Info section about how to go about writing stories. I don't know the specific article, so it would be nice if you could link it below (I'm lazy). My question is, how do you go about writing a structured story line. I know what you have to do but, what are some suggestions as to good places to write the storyline in (paper, microsoft word).
I was having trouble explaining the question, but I was just asking what program or thing should I use to help organize my storygame?
Well, you could use Google Docs or write it on a paper/notebook.
I think writing is easier, seeing how I am not going to go out and buy a big board or something.
Lately I do my rough planning on a whiteboard, then transfer it to notecards pinned to a physical corkboard to flesh it out, for example:
I've tried a lot of outlining software, but something about having a physical board is very motivating. It's also easy to rearrange plot points this way and put things in whatever location you want, see the whole thing at once, etc. Scrivener has a corkboard thing as well, but I haven't actually tried that one.
As far as story structure itself goes, I recommend reading Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.
Well yes, but look at how beautiful my corkboard is! Actually, it has a lot more stuff on it since I took that picture. It's so official-feeling. I would actually really recommend getting one. They're like $25 or $30 on Amazon for one that size, and pinning stuff to it is way more psychologically motivating than doing it digitally. Plus you can hang it proudly in your living room and impress everyone with your writerliness.
I am impressed and halfway convinced to do this.
Do it. It's totally worth the money. You don't even have to drill holes in your wall! I got some adhesive picture-hanging strips that were easy to put up and work great.
Well, it is better than writing in a notebook :)
Yep, fair enough. I find I really like the corkboard in combination with something else, though. I use whiteboard + discussion + random note-jotting for rough ideas, then they wind up on the corkboard when they become a bit more solidified, and then they go into a computer document for more detailed planning (e.g. individual scene conflict/emotional change/relation to theme/etc) once the corkboard is fleshed out.