Learn how to use the Somebody Wanted But So Then for summarizing fiction and nonfiction, outlining plots, and for scene design!
Let’s answer the question: What is a story climax? We’ll look at examples of the story climax and talk about where they happen!
We’re answering the question: What is exposition in a story? We’ll do that by defining exposition and looking at examples from books and film!
What is the seven-point story structure? Learn Dan Wells’ seven-story beats that will help you organize and structure your plot!
What is deus ex machina? From ancient Greek plot device to modern film, learn everything you need to know about deus ex machina.
Falling action comes after a climax in a story. Falling action represents a period when characters face the outcomes of their decisions.
What is rising action? Definition and examples of rising action. Learn to use this technique with a literary example from Romeo and Juliet.
Learn how to use Dan Harmon’s Story Circle to craft your own plot. Plus, see how the story circle used in the pilot of Rick and Morty.
Learn how to use the Three-Act structure to create riveting stories, and see expert examples of the Three-Act structure from 1982’s Poltergeist!
In 1951 the film Rashomon, by famed Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and changed storytelling forever. Rashomon created a revolutionary plot device called the Rashomon Effect. Learn how to use the Rashomon Effect!