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  • Writer's pictureD. P. Lyle

Criminal Mischief: Episode #20: Elements Of A Thriller


SHOW NOTES:


Elements of a Thriller


Open with a Bang or a Chill or a Compelling Question


Establish the 4 Ws Early-------Who, What, When, and Where


Inciting Incident---Sets the protagonist’s story in motion


Establish the Story Question—What does the Protagonist want/need?


Rising Tension


Who/What opposes the Protagonist and Why?


What does the antagonist want/need?

Establish a Time or Situation Endpoint

Scenes advance or obstruct the protagonist’s attaining goal

Each power scene poses a question and ends with:


Yes------------------------------Weak

No-------------------------------Better

Yes, but------------------------Strong

No, and further more———————————-Strongest


Convergence of Space and Time—“Life in a Trash Compactor”


Epiphany---Protagonist grasps the solution


Personal Jeopardy---Protagonist must fear for personal safety


Mano a’ Mano---Protagonist must confront antagonist “face to face”


Resolution---all major story questions are resolved


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