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


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Story check (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)

We know that every setup must have a corresponding well-earned payoff. So as you comb through your story, here are a few handy questions to ask. First, are there any inadvertent setups hiding in your story? Are you sure nothing whispers, implies, or suggests setup without actually meaning it? If there is, cut it out. Remember, an if without a then becomes an elephant roaming the halls of your story, diverting attention from what's the really important.

Second, is there a road from your setup to your payoff? Are you absolutely sure you never tell us about the problem at the very instant it's being solved? Remember, the reader won't care it's been solved unless they know what it cost the protagonists both emotionally and logistically to arrive at the solution, because that's where the attention, anticipation, and suspense comes from. Third, are there clues along the road from setup to payoff? Make sure you aren't assuming that the reader will intuit unwritten clue...

Story check (Setups, payoffs, and the clues in between)
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Story check (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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