a workshop by Laura Hayden
MOTIVATION and CONFLICT, characters need a clearly defined:
desire, want, need, ambition, purpose
drive, backstory, impetus, incentive
trouble, tension, friction, roadblock.
Any journalist will tell you, the key points to any story are: WHAT, WHEN,
WHERE, HOW and WHY.
together, they formed:
in this case, isn’t as much
WHY but WHY NOW?
What has happened that causes the criminal to take action NOW?
Have they learned something NEW??
Is this their FIRST OPPORTUNITY to take any action?
Is there a TICKING CLOCK so that they must act before it’s too late?
Has SOMEONE NEW been introduced into the situation, requiring NEW ACTION?
--How do they do it?
WHEN AND WHERE
Looking at the reverse,
what almost stops them from acting?
Lack of physical skill
Fear of consequences
Fear of failure
Lack of opportunity
CLASSIFICATION OF CRIME
Crimes of Passion--short term goal with long term motive
Crimes of Opportunity--short or long term goal with long term motive
Premeditated Crime--long term goal with long term motive
Accidental Crime--no goal, no motive, solely opportunity
Laura to present
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