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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Twenty-Three

The Change in Emotion Column

Just as the conflict in every scene affects the overall emotional growth of your characters throughout the entire work, the dramatic action in each scene affects and changes your characters’ emotional states on a moment-by-moment basis. I’m not necessarily referring to lasting emotions but to mood changes that fluctuate, and rise and fall, in correspondence with what was said or done in a specific scene. These emotions are experienced in the moment and are not permanent. They are a result of feelings that come and go based on the character’s circumstances and her internal state and are often experienced through the senses.

To make your characters real and relatable, and the action true and impactful, ...

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