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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Introduction

Plotting Is Like Juggling

Imagine yourself as a juggler, and you are juggling one ball. For our purposes, we will label this first ball “dramatic action.”

Toss this first ball in the air. It is best to “pop” the ball from the palm of your hand rather than to let it roll off your fingertips. This metaphor also applies to plotting out your stories: It is best to start with a “pop” of dramatic action rather than to let your story unfold at a leisurely pace. Also, it is best not to throw the ball too high—in other words, you don’t want to introduce too much dramatic action too soon. With the help of the Plot Planner, you’ll see how the intensity of a story builds incrementally from beginning to end, and you will also learn how to create ...

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