setup payoff
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Setup and Payoff

Setup = A piece of information the reader will need to know in advance to full understand and believe the…

pace
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Pace

The pace should quicken when there is action and suspense, and slow down when there are moments of calm. Controlling…

theme
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Theme

Theme: the hero’s moral choice. Thematic questions are always the very next stop in the outline after figuring out the…

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Hero’s Journey

Act 1 Ordinary World Catch a glimpse of the hero’s daily life in the status quo world so the reader…

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Plot (narrative)

Plot: The combinations of what happens and how these events are revealed to the audience. The order and arrangement create…