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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Six

Plot by Cause and Effect

Congratulations! You have begun the process of plotting out your story. Before you test your scenes for cause and effect, take a few minutes to examine the beginning portion of your Plot Planner.

How many scenes were you able to plot above the line? How many scenes are arranged below the line? Were you honest about the scenes you put above the line? Do they indeed have some sort of tension and conflict? Does the power reside with someone or something other than the protagonist? Yes? Terrific! Still not sure? That’s okay. As long as you can justify why you put them where you did, that is sufficient for now.

Perhaps you have only a few sticky notes strung along the beginning portion of your Plot Planner line. ...

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