Next scene! And then what happens next? A question an audience asks a writer

Once you are able to provide an answer to the above question, you are on the high way to a quick completion of your screenplay or novel. Your ability to progress to the next page lies in your ability to provide what happens next in the bit of your story line. After an action, the audience wants to see another exciting action
sequel to the former. How do you provide that action? Actions drive a story and determine the scenes; and once you fail to provide chains of actions, the story will fail to progress; and then there will be no story. The aim of a writer is to keep his story moving. And to achieve this, he must fuel his story with actions, actions and subsequent actions.


Here are some tips that will help you provide the actions that come next


(1)Make the first actions a puzzle that should be solved in subsequent actions. This will result in the need for next actions.

(2)Let the characters in the first actions incur unfinished businesses which they will be poised to finish in the next actions

(3)Let part of the next actions be a reminder of moments in the last actions. The need for a reminder for what happened in the last actions paves way for next actions.

(4)Avoid describing totally the qualities of your characters; rather unravel them action after action, scene after scene. This provides more actions.

(5)Do not give the total details of your story setting at the beginning. This makes room for more actions as the details will surface in these later actions.

(6)Create more tensed first actions by decreasing the frequency of dialogues; this will result in more subsequent actions that couldn't be predicted by the absence of dialogues in the first actions.

(7)Create a strong contention, and also, create a tremendous opposition whose attacks are always unpredictable. This kind of uncertainty can easily yield the need for more next actions.

(8)Deepen the internal conflicts of the contenders. This will create the need for more actions to show how the oppositions tackle their internal problems.

(9)Make your first actions very unstable. Once you are able to make your first actions very unstable, there is a high tendency for a next action in order to stabilize the instability. Unstable actions lead to more actions in search for stability.

The way you present your first actions may help you make provisions for your next actions. Creating a story is so different from creating sequential actions that will occur therein. Actions drive a story and determine the scenes; and once you fail to provide chains of actions, the story will fail to progress; and then there will be no story.


Written by: Winny Greazy

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