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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Introduction

Track the Seven Essential Elements of Scene

At its best, every scene in a story advances the dramatic action, develops the character, contributes to the theme, provides tension and conflict, and reflects a change in the character’s attitude or circumstances. In short, scenes are at the core structure of a story.

In my plot-intensive workshops, it quickly becomes apparent that many writers are as confused about scene as they are about plot. Many writers think they are writing a scene when in fact they are writing a summary, telling readers what happens rather than showing. When they do show what’s happening through action, dialogue, and details, their scenes have no true beginning, middle, or end—the basic core structure of scene, ...

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