Friday, 23 Oct 2020

Develop the secret of story beats

Turning a simple idea into a precise structure of outlines, fully developed A and B stories, exciting moves and interesting comedies seem to be a daunting task. If you try to write your outline directly from the beginning of the story until the end, it will be daunting. In fact, this is how to give yourself a good writer to stop the case, or what I call the blank page syndrome. Fortunately, this is not the way the story is written. Writing this way is like trying to build a house without any blueprints

Writing a story is very similar to building a house. When you build a home, you know that you will have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garage and family room. These are the basic elements of any house. The story also has its basic elements

Just like you decide what room you want before building a house, figure out your story before you start writing the outline. For our purposes, a story beat is just one. Short. Describes what a scene will cover. For example, in the original open scene. Star Wars. Movies, the description of the beat may be as “Vader is as simple as capturing the princess when the C-3PO and R2 escape.”

This provides enough information for the author to have a conceptual understanding of the scene, which is needed to start the series of beats together

It is in the beat phase that begins with your story. If your beats are correct, the rest is easy. The beat is where you find the structure and the pillar of the story.

Now, how do we come up with all these story beats? For novice writers, this may sound like an overwhelming problem. The idea of looking at the blank display and filling the screen with meaningful words lets you rotate. There are countless ideas there. Where do I start? What should I do?

Relax! The answer is very simple. All you have to do is start the process by asking yourself a question:

“What is that scene. must. Where?”.

Answering this question over and over will discover the basic beat of your story.

One reason to make this story development method so simple is that you don’t have to worry about your order when presenting your scene. When answering the “must” scene questions, simply write down all your beats in the order they came to you. Keep them as short as possible so that you can view them at a glance. When you finish listing the beats, please number each beat. I use the automatic numbering feature in Word to do this so that the numbers are always in the correct order. Then all you have to do is drag and drop the beats that you think should be at the top of the list first. Find the beat you think should be next and drag it to the second line. Keep this until you get them in the order you think they are correct

You haven’t finished your beat yet, but by order you can tell them what new beats are necessary to connect your beats. As you continue this process, the most important beats will be put in place. Once you have mastered the basic structure, you can begin to extend and modify your outline.