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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Nine

Plot the Tension and Conflict

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

Conflicts are serious disagreements, arguments, opposition, clashes, battles, disputes, problems, squabbles, and dissension between two or more disparate parties. Conflicts in stories cause characters to feel threatened (physically or emotionally, or by the potential loss of power or status) and to react to protect their needs, interests, concerns, and well-being.

A situation with an uncertain outcome, in which two or more characters are in conflict, creates tension. Tension is the mental or emotional strain caused by conflict. When characters who are at odds are involved ...

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