Example (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between) Story Writing


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Example (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)

Let's look at a rough draft that doesn't follow the two rules for setups and payoffs. Imagine you're reading a novel and the protagonist, Louisa, is on her way home from work when you come across this paragraph. (male speaker: Ahead a doorman whisked open a glittering glass door and a harried man dressed in black stepped out onto the sidewalk leading a sleek black Doberman Pinscher. The dog's mouth was secured by a leather muzzle, but as soon as Louisa stepped under the awning, it began to growl--a horrible low rumble.

She froze in her tracks. She hated doges, and clearly this dog knew it. She flicked wide eyes toward the dog's amused owner. "He won't bite as long as I'm holding the leash," the man said. "The hold on really tight, please," Louisa whispered, walking away as quickly as she could in stilettos. That paragraph would trigger a reader's story radar because it's a perfect setup. We instantly assume that there is something about that ...

Example (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)
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Example (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between) provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Lisa Cron as part of the Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

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