My mind wandered today as I was thinking about someone’s post on a writing forum “I’m good at characters and dialog, need help with the story and plot.” According to Neal Baer, a lot of writers are good with the characters and dialog, so that poster may have a heck of a time finding someone to partner up with.
According to Truby, plot is one of the easiest things to learn. Two plot techniques popped into my head. The reversal… a good example is in the Panic Room, where the characters are originally trapped in the panic room with the baddies outside, then suddenly the baddies are in the panic room, and the main character is outside. The second one was the “reframe”. I don’t know if this technique is on anyone’s list, but I like it. It’s when you think the story is about something, but it turns out it’s actually about something else. This usually involves raising the stakes, but isn’t that true of every plot technique? Unfortunately, I can’t think of a good example that isn’t a complete fake-out — Sixth Sense, The Game, Usual Suspects. Anyone know a good example of a reframe that isn’t quite a fake-out?