Daily Dose: Story Structure
One of the top screenwriting websites is Go Into the Story. With their backlog of great articles and topical current posts, they are a must read. Of course, we’ll save you searching their archives by sharing an article by Scott Meyers about one of the best ways to structure your script–with SEQUENCES.
We bring you a short and to-the-point article by Scott Meyers, so check it out. If you haven’t heard of Sequences, you’re in for a treat. If you have heard about this structuring technique, you’ll already know it’s a useful tool to hone and add to your bag of tricks.
Each sequence has to do with the greater goal of your story, each one building on the last and raising the stakes and conflict until the story and conflict is eventually resolved at the end of the script. — Scott Meyers, Go Into the Story.
Check out Go Into the Story’s website and The Sequence Approach, a short explanation of the benefits to this form of outlining and plotting, by Scott Meyers.
Biggest takeaway from the article: “Sequencing is gold!” Since I use it myself, I’ll just agree with that statement and send you along to the short article. CLICK HERE TO READ.
May 25, 2018 at 10:42 am
Ann, Hal did a class on the Mini-Movie Method which is Chris Soth’s class. I find the sequences hard to adapt to rom-coms tho. I previously took the class from Chris. A really good way to structure if you have a problem with structure. Love Go Into the Story…great blog!
May 26, 2018 at 11:15 pm
Hi Patti! Thanks for commenting! Yes, I’m very familiar with Chris Soth and the Mini Movie Method. (He’s a friend of mine that I’ve been known to rescue from airports.) Sequences definitely changes per genre, so you might want to look at your favorite rom-coms and see if you can find a pattern of mini movies that’s common among them. I did research on Hallmark movies, and they definitely have a pattern of sequences. Happy writing!