Attack The Block – Deconstructed

Attack the Block (2011) R | 1h 28min Director:Joe Cornish   Writer:Joe Cornish   Stars:John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail “Attack the Block”. John Boyega’s first movie. You may know him now as Finn – FN-2187 — in that little indie flick “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I understand he’ll also be in the sequel, “Star Wars: The Force…

Saving the Cat

There’s this trope suggested by Blake Snyder in his book called (not surprisingly) “Save the Cat” that suggests a scene early in your story (screenplay, novel, whatever) that puts your hero in a situation that makes him look good. And not just makes him look good, but actually demonstrates the hero’s “goodness”. It’s a shortcut. In…

Pinch Points – #BreakingBad

There are two points in your story that should be subtle reminders of 1) the size of the threat the hero has to face and 2) the lengths/depths/heights the hero will go to win. These are, respectively, the first and second Pinch Point. Structurally they are located roughly midway between the First Plot Point and…

The Heart of the Story

Structure is but a small thing. A little bit of concentration and you can sort that shit out in about twenty minutes. Make sure you hit the plot points and the pinch points and you’ve “nailed” structure. Structure is knowing that a sound basement goes on the bottom, a waterproof roof sits on top and…

Your Midpoint

Linearity bores readers. Inexorable drive to a conclusion is good, but readers want twists and turns. And I strongly recommend creating as many hurdles for your hero to overcome as (internally) logically possible. But take a moment and think about your poor reader, waist-deep in your book, absolutely certain they know where you, the writer, is…

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