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Visible Plot Goal Gets a Twist

I discussed in the last post the need for you to establish your protagonist’s visible plot goal in the first scene and preferably in the first few pages of your novel. But I want you to think about a twist or kink in the goal. A very common, standard plot device in many novels and in many great movies you see involve a shift in the protagonist’s plot goal near the start of the story. This may seem confusing but let me explain. Continue Reading…

Plot Goals ~ Seeing Is Believing

The most essential of essentials in your first scene is setting up your visible plot goal. Did I say visible? Yep. Why? Because if you ask writers what their protagonist’s plot goal is you will often get answers like “she finds love in the end” or “he finally sees his dream realized.” Those kinds of answers are not easy to visualize. They’re not specific. If I were to write that in a movie script, it would make no sense. So, think about how this scene would look on the big screen.

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