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Storytelling is about patterns

David Gane
David Gane

They could be:
Raising the stakes.
Raising questions
Tension and release.
Want, obstacle, action, response, outcome.
“No, and,” “yes, but.” Or “no, but,” “yes, and.”
Treating it like an essay and developing an argument.
Treating it like a song and playing with tone and mood.
Resisting a pattern as best as you can.

Or a dozen other ones.

There are plenty of ways you can experiment. None of them is the singular, correct path.

The goal is to choose one for your story and have fun.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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