Anger tells us we don’t like where we have been. It shows us where our boundaries are. It tells us we can no longer get away with the old life and habits. It tells us we are being reborn.
There is always a consequence to anger. It should never be acted out – but acted upon. It is a conscious reaction to being frustrated. It is your story map.
Sometimes it is just easier to start at the end than it is to start at the beginning. Make a list of all the big moments in your stories and ask yourself ‘How did I get here?’
Then ask ‘What happened just before this?’ and then again, ‘Before this?’ and then again ‘Before this?’ and soon you will find yourself back at the beginning, but with no detours or diversions. This is a good way of staying on track without getting distracted.
Nothing progresses in a story, except through conflict. So, is it tough for your character? Has she got the initiative? A personal stake?
Take your character to the farthest reaches and depth of conflict imaginable within the story’s own realm of probability and then finally put the crisis/climax in her hands.
There are only four plot points you need to begin planning your story:
- The beginning.
- The end of Act One.
- The end of Act Two.
- The end.
Once you know these four moments, you can be confident you have all you need to know how to tell your story.