Scene Middles: Middle = Conflict, Part 1 (of 3)

"Now: We've opened a potential scene," as Jack Bickham says, "We have a character, we have a goal that relates to the story goal, and this short-term scene goal has been stated in no uncertain terms. What next?  It must be conflict." Why Conflict? No conflict, no tension "Look for conflicts," says Syd Field, "make … Continue reading Scene Middles: Middle = Conflict, Part 1 (of 3)

Elements of Scene Beginnings: Scene Question

Before we get to the scene question, we have a bit of an interlude. I considered making the interlude its own post, because story questions probably most properly belong in the Plot bucket, but in the end, there wasn't enough material for a separate post and, big or small, story questions are story questions. So, … Continue reading Elements of Scene Beginnings: Scene Question

Rhythm in Plotting: The bestseller’s best-kept secret – Part 1

Have you read The Bestseller Code? The authors, Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers, say that the two bestselling adult books of all time--Fifty Shades of Gray and The Da Vinci Code--share a "regular rhythmic beat" that no other books share, at least not as closely. Whether coincidence or not, don't you kind of want … Continue reading Rhythm in Plotting: The bestseller’s best-kept secret – Part 1