Here's What You'll Learn:
How to create an X-ray of your story to examine its “bones” to see whether the plot holds together and consistently propels readers along the story arc.
Specific questions to ask to determine which scenes might be treading water and why—and whether and how they can be fixed or cut altogether to get the story where it’s going.
How to take a microscope to your protag(s)’ arcs to ensure character motivations and goals are strong and clear and that they are driving the action toward achieving them; whether you may be “puppetmastering” and the characters are rebelling.
How to determine whether the consequences for failure (or the reward for success) remain strong and clear throughout, both on a big-picture story level and within each scene, and how to address the issue if not with various techniques: new challenges or dangers; more reward; more urgency; heightened meaning.
How to discover whether suspense and tension elements are lacking or have been resolved too soon, and how to organically weave in more uncertainty and questions in the reader’s mind, and more conflict and obstacles, to help propel the story.
*The course cites specific examples from several popular films and TV shows: The Princess Bride, Up, Gone Girl, Ozark (the pilot episode), and Hidden Figures. While it's not necessary to have seen them, it might be helpful, and the course is CHOCK-full of spoilers for them. :)