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Climb a stairway of scenes to your novel!

What is the single most important practice of many high-volume fiction writers? They ensure that they have a coherent progression of scenes before they start writing. This means shaping the raw events of your story into a compelling scene list, a stairway of scenes. Let “Story Crisis, Story Climax 2” show you how!

In this book we will look at thirty new movies, entirely different from the movies considered in “Story Crisis, Story Climax 1”. We dig deep into what the five plot pressure points in each film, from the Inciting Incident to the Crisis, all have in common – each throws a problem in the path of the hero, who then responds with a decision. In a very real sense it is these five problems and decisions that generate the scenes of your novel.

And yet each plot pressure point, coming at a different point in your story, serves a different purpose. By seeing the problem/decision dynamic present in the Inciting Incident, Turning Point 1, Midpoint, Turning Point 2, and the Crisis at work in movie after movie, you will come to see how this works, and how to use this in your own writing!

You’ll learn:

* How to initiate story conflict in the hero’s world with the Inciting Incident (1st problem).

* How to have the protagonist commit in Turning Point 1 (2nd problem) to the course of action he chose earlier.

* How to guide the hero to a Midpoint decision (3rd problem) where the rules of the game, what is at stake, his attitude and approach, and the story’s theme – all shift profoundly.

* How to ramp up the action in Act 2B leading to Turning Point 2 (4th problem), followed by a reversal.

* How to catapult story action into the Act 3 Crisis (5th problem), where the protagonist commits to the endgame, making a life-changing decision that leads into the story Climax.


Why Movies?
The Best Tool
The Problem/Decision Arc
Movie Analytics

All Is Lost (2013)
Fury (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Drama: Problem/Decision

12 Years A Slave (2013)
47 Ronin (2013)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Noah (2014)
Pompeii (2014)
Historical: Problem/Decision

As Above, So Below (2014)
Warm Bodies (2013)
Oculus (2013)
World War Z (203)
Insidious (2010)
Horror: Problem/Decision

The Giver (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
The Maze Runner (2014)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2014)
Ender’s Game (2013)
SF: Problem/Decision

Man of Steel (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)

John Wick (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Escape Plan (2013)
Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
Shooter (2007)

The Hobbit 1: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Your Stairway of Scenes

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    Useful, useful tool for writers

    I bought this book because I was struggling with the editing of my second novel (and the writing of my third) and it's proved to be very useful. Like most amateur writers, I wrote my first novel with not enough of an idea of what would/should happen (and the rejection by one book shop reflected that), but this book shows you clearly how to structure your book using examples of recent films and how they do it. I particularly liked the explanation for the W/V thing, which really simplified and clarified how stories work for me. I think this is a great book that any budding writer would benefit from reading. It does help if you have watched all of the films the author uses as examples. I hadn't seen all of them, but having watched a few of them, I was able to relate to what he was trying to prove.


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