Setup and Payoff: How to Earn Plot Points and Revelations

A talk by Tim Storm
Teacher/Editor, Storm Writing School

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If you don't earn the story events that come late within scenes, chapters, or your novel, readers will be pulled out of your story and have the impression that it is contrived or forced. In this session, we'll learn the essentials of "earning" story events so that your payoffs are surprising but inevitable. Handouts available here:

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Four Lessons in Crafting Tension (Booklet)

This booklet explains four methods of creating tension and gives annotated examples for each. A practical and clear guide to something every storyteller needs to master.

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