chapter  4
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Story Structure: The Screenplay's Foundation

As in a screenplay, writer needs to know the ending of the scene first, before start writing it, and work backwards from the ending to the opening. Perhaps the purpose of the scene is to introduce a love interest, show a crime being committed, or to plant a necessary clue for a detective to discover. To structure a scene in the correct order people need to know the three act format such as exposition, complications, resolution. The denouement is like tying the story up in a neat package with a bright red ribbon. It is the 'and then they lived happily ever after'. Dramatic conflict can involve the main character wanting something and someone standing in the way of him getting what the character wants. This adds dramatic tension and suspense to all your scenes. The climax of your scene must be the most dramatic point and further the action along to the next scene.