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ABOUT THIS MODULE

If you were to describe a movie in a few sentences, you would probably give me a great summary of the main plot of the story- “Raiders of the Lost Arc is about an archaeologist who goes in search of the Arc of the Covenant.”  Or “Twilight” is about girl torn between two men – a vampire and a werewolf.” In both of these examples, you would be correct – but what you told me was what is part of what’s called the “A” plot, or the main storyline of the movie.  Movies can also include several smaller stories called subplots, which help reveal character, push the story forward and ultimately support the A-plot. In this module, we’re going to look at how to effectively write both the A-plot and the subplots.

IN THIS MODULE

  • 28:27 video that walks you through techniques for writing the A-story and subplots
  • Illustrated companion guide

LEARN

  • What is the A-Story
  • The four components that make up the A-Story
  • How to structure subplots
  • The various types of subplots and how they can support the A-story
  • How to properly wrap up subplots
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