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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Nineteen

The Character Emotional Development Column

The information you include in the Scene Tracker boxes in the Character Emotional Development Column tracks the Character Emotional Development plot scene by scene. Thus what you write in these boxes for the beginning scenes will be vastly different emotional information about the character compared to what you convey about his emotional makeup in the middle scenes and the end scenes.

For the beginning scenes, make a note of which scenes you introduce various character emotional and personality traits. Refer to the protagonist’s Character Emotional Development Profile to determine the primary traits to introduce in creating a multidimensional and emotional character. Since you’re attempting ...

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