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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Eight

Plot the Dramatic Action

Plot is a series of scenes that are deliberately arranged by cause and effect to create dramatic action

Dramatic action creates excitement and urges readers to keep turning pages in a book. Without the presence of drama, action can be considered passive or simply movement. Movement and momentum qualify as action, but movement wrought with conflict, tension, and suspense transforms into dramatic action—which, in turn, engages readers.

Dramatic Action vs. Passive Action

As carefully as you plot the overall dramatic action and sense of uncertainty in your stories, use the same level of scrutiny when tracking the type of action—dramatic versus passive—in each scene to create a sense of expectancy, anticipation, ...

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