As you learned in the Mood Exercise, the most frequent moment of change in our lives and our characters’ lives is the discovery. Learning. Finding out. Realizing.
The best stories are patterns of discoveries that make a difference, however subtle, to the characters, like the discovery Hannah makes in Lena’s Spaghetti:
INT. HANNAH’S BEDROOM—LATER
Hannah jumps on the bed. She flops onto her stomach, picks up the comics, looks them over with a straight face. She turns the page and sees the personal ads. She brightens as she reads.
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Though small and simple, this discovery ...