Simon asks: What are the main ways of structuring stories, and can you rate them?
Robert asks: How does the improv technique “yes, and…” compare to “scenes and sequels” as a technique to move the plot forward?
David asks “Is a story event still a ‘beat’ if it becomes significant to the characters/plot later on in the story?”
“In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the mid-point reveal works really well. Is this just a stroke of luck, or a deliberate choice? Can one use the mid-point reveal strategically?”
In this tenth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“What, if any, value is there in teaching plot models and forumlas to my students?”