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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Five

Plot the Beginning

When plotting the beginning of your story, you will need to determine which scenes fall above and below the Plot Planner line. Determining whether the protagonist or antagonist(s) is in control in a given scene helps you decide where each scene belongs on the Plot Planner.

As we discussed earlier, scenes in which the dramatic action shows an antagonist controlling or holding the power over the protagonist go above the line. For instance, if the first scene shows the protagonist prevented from doing something she desires because of her insecurity, then the antagonist (her own flaw) is in charge, and that scene goes above the line.

Conversely, scenes in which the protagonist is in control belong below the line. These ...

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