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


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

In a previous movie, we talked about how the brain analyzes everything in terms of cause and effect, if/this, then/that, because we're hardwired to see causality as the cement of the universe. The brain detests randomness. As a result, it's constantly converting raw data into meaningful patterns, the better to figure out what's safe, what isn't, and what the heck to do about it. So it's no surprise that as readers we're always on the look out for patterns.

To the reader, everything is either a setup, a payoff, or the road in between. Once readers spot a setup, they immediately start hunting for the breadcrumb trail that will lead to the payoff. Another words, a setup is anything that implies further action. Like when a guy throws a banana peel over his shoulder and we immediately start wondering, oh, who is going to trip? A big part of the pleasure of reading is recognizing, interpreting, and then connecting the dots as the pattern emerges.

After all, it's curiosity tha...

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