Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Writing Tip Tuesday

In scriptwriting, the term development refers to the part of the story between the set-up and the climax.

The development:
  • Is made up of scenes that advance the story until you get to the climax, but not in a straight line or at the same pace (more on that later)
  • Reveals more about the characters
  • Usually contains more backstory
  • Consists of action that revolves around the central question or problem
  • Consists of interconnected scenes (not episodic)
  • Should stay focused on the story line.
In scripts, individual scenes should start at the latest point possible.

The mother of all rules = Don't slow the pace with unnecessary STUFF.

The mother of all rules #2 = Don't dawdle in the scene. Get in and get out.

Next Writing Tip Tuesday: turning points.

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