Make your story come alive by sculpting each scene:You can enrich your story by breaking it up in scenes. A scene is action taking place in one environment or one continuous period of time. The characters deal with the main theme of the scene (the love scene, the action scene, the dream scene, the sex scene, the car chase scene, etc.).
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- Why do they do it - what is the character’s motivation?
- What challenge must they overcome specific to the scene?
- How do they transform to make the right decision?
Everything must have consequences
- How a character responds must have consequences.
- What happens to a character must affect him/her.
Provide conflict everywhere
- Portray every character in some sort of conflict of interest.
- Use the conflict to either demonstrate or grow the character.
- You can always have a third party inserted for comical effect where necessary.
- Let the audience in on an agonizing secret important to the audience but unknown to the characters. They'll fret for the heroes to find out.
- Action with peril (of death if possible).
- Have the audience root for an outcome (success, romance, etc) but frustrate them terribly with endless obstacles.
- The trick is to set up an expectation but fulfill it in a completely unexpected way.
Create great set pieces
- Every story is an intelligent whole illustrated through a series of anecdotes.
- Choose a few audience favorite set pieces (great action scene, great romance, etc.)
Everything must have a reason
Delete scenes / characters that don’t change the story and don’t affect its outcome.
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Don't confuse the reader by giving unimportant events or characters too much time. Make sure that the main story events and character(s) remain central.
- Choose backdrops that are majestic or demonic, but always larger than live. Don’t just have a meeting, have a meeting at the top of the mountains, at a great waterfall.
- If you go to a familiar, grander than life setting that is familiar to the audience, consider if the heroes or villains could visit it at a time when the scenery is odd, unfamiliar to the audience, so there is a new world to discover. E.g. An abandoned circus, the world fair at a time when it is being broken down, the White House at night or under attack, etc.
Bring everything back
Make a list of everything that is mentioned, every artifact and make it come back.