Today’s story structure is a little more balanced, and is illustrated by the Ugly Duckling story.
Use the Ugly Duckling Story To Write A Balanced Story With The Life-Changing Moment In The Middle
Unlike in Cinderella, the Ugly Duckling’s life-changing moment comes in the middle, and then the author spends the second half of the story revisiting situations like the ones that led him to the crisis point. Where he met cruel children at the start, he meets nice children after his transformation. Where he met mean animals at the start he meets kind animals after his transformation. Where his family was horrible to him at the beginning, he gets to reconcile with his mother at the end.
This means we get to see what kind of character the Ugly Duckling has even after his transformation. This structure is a good one to use when your character’s struggle is mostly internal.
To make life easier for yourself, unfold the story in the opposite order to the way you built it. Nest the encounters, like this:
[mother] [animals] [children] [CRISIS] [children] [animals] [mother]