The Rewriting Process – Situations

Here is the next post from Hal Croasmun’s Proseries classes on rewriting.

A situation is the background action and circumstance in which the story happens. This is a key component to creating a visually stimulating and entertaining story. A visual stimulus doesn’t always inlclude explosions and plane crashes. Explosions can be metaphorical too at an emotional level.

The situation should be interesting, engaging and present challenges to the lead character. Challenges can be physical, moral, emotional or value (belief) driven.

Use every situation as a chance to emotionally re-engage your audience through progressively raised stakes for your character.

Avoid co-incidental or implausible situations where characters are forced together to tell the story through exposition.

More good stuff tomorrow…


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