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Questions 689: Plot Structure vs. Plot Formula

Charles asks: What is the difference between plot structure and plot formulas?

Resources Mentioned
The Dark Knight
Skyfall
How To Write a Novel Using The Snowflake Method
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
The A Team (series)
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings (film)
Babylon 5
Soulless

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Questions 232: Mid-Point Reveals

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Caine asks:
“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?”

Resources mentioned:

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (BluRay Collection)   (DVD)

Jewel of the Nile

Questions 216: Plot Formulas and Beginning Writers (Writing Instruction Series 10)

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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?”