However, when it comes time to really write the story, there can't just be a witches hat, because it is not reality. You see, in our lives, there are good days and bad, times when we triumph and times when we fail. And if we want our stories and characters to be believable, even if they are very make believe, they have to have alternating successes just like we do. Which means, the story structure needs to look more like this.
If we let our character have success too soon, it will seem artificial, and if they don't have enough good happen to them, even just a little, there is a reader disconnect. The balance is to have both good and bad - bittersweet is even better!
What stories have you read that made you love the structure? Which characters do you find yourself cheering for because of the ups and downs of their lives?