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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Twenty-Two

The Conflict Column

Conflict and risks that involve tense and suspenseful action shake a story. Without conflict, a story doesn’t move. When a story doesn’t move, the character doesn’t grow. The significance of conflict earns it an important place in the essential elements of scene.

We discussed the Dramatic Action Column in the last chapter. The Conflict Column discussed in this chapter serves as yet another test to determine whether the action in each scene is dramatic or passive. We covered the need for conflict and how to go about creating tense situations in an overall plot in the Plot Planner section of this book. Now we want to examine the dramatic action in each of the scenes we filled in under the Dramatic Action Column, ...

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