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Writing Scenes That Work

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Rebecca Monterusso talks about how to write scenes that work using the five commandments of storytelling.
 

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Writing scenes that work means hitting all five commandments of story telling. You’ll need inciting incidents that knock a protagonist out of their normal. Progressive complications that build tension until they are given a choice and forced to make a decision. A choice that defines who they are and must be answered. And an answer that will lead to a resolution and a new way of looking at the world. Without any of these elements, a piece of writing is not a scene. Scenes have to move and change has to occur because meaningful change is the whole purpose of a story.

 

In outline form, the commandments are as follows:

1. Inciting Incident

 a. Causal

 b. Coincidence

2. Progressive Complication

 a. Active Turning Point

 b. Revelatory Turning Point

3. Crisis

 a .The Best Bad Choice

 b. Irreconcilable Goods

4. Climax

5. Resolution

 

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1 hour ago, suspensewriter said:

Phy, you introduce us to so much interesting analysis I feel like I'm back in school!

 

Heh. My pleasure. It helps me, too. ;)

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