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Enabling third party cookies on your browser could help if you have trouble leaving a comment. They're nothing new, nothing ground-breaking, and things countless writers have said before including mebut the way they're said is sheer genius.
They're probably the most applicable and easiest plotting tips I've ever heard. Of course, me being me instantly thought about ways to apply them to my work and how to break them down into neat little examples.
I've found no matter how awesome this advice is, it's also kinda easy to be led astray by it if you don't quite get it like show, don't tell.
The advice basically came down to this: Every scene in your story is connected, and how you connect them will determine whether or not they're moving the story or just showing stuff happening.
If you can say "and then" between the scenes, they're not advancing the story.
If you can say "but" or "therefore" then something happens that forces a conflict or a decision and the story advances. While the advice refers to full scenes, I think this can also be used on an action-by-action basis. It certainly allows you to see exactly how every action your character takes affects the narrative drive.
Let's look at that in practice, shall we? The first scene of The Shifter has the protagonist, Nya, stealing eggs for breakfast.
Using this model, I'd write it like: Nya is stealing eggs for breakfast. Now, the next thing that happens is she gets caught. Nya is stealing eggs for breakfast, but she gets caught.
Notice the but there? She has a goal, but that goal is thwarted by someone else taking action against her. If this conflict hadn't occurred, it might look like this: And then she leaves the chicken ranch and goes to eat her eggs. Two scenes, both with goals which we all know a scene needsbut there's no conflict.
That but is what signals and pinpoints the conflict. Without that, the plot isn't moving in a way that will hold a reader's interest. The therefore is the choice the character makes that sets up the next goal and scene.
X happens, but Y happens and now they have to do Z. Let's see this play out a little longer: Throws a chicken and runs, but the guard chases her. Tries to evade the guard, and then he trips and breaks his ankle.
See that and then in there. This is a moment where the plot can start to unravel, so we want to get a but and therefore in there fast. He tells her to run, but she stays behind to heal him.The ISA Writing Gigs page gives screenwriters a place to sell and option their screenplays to producers and directors worldwide.
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