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In this issue... Story Background and Context

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Story Background and Context

by Bruce L. Cook

Simply viewed, an adventure story is action in context: what the characters do, and where... (continued below)

   
         
 

 

 

  

 

 

 









 

 

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By Bruce L. Cook

Simply viewed, an adventure story is action in context: what the characters do, and where.

Story line drives action, while the writer wrestles with conflict and motivation. Then, once each action emerges, it becomes necessary to embrace the action with context.

For example, if the characters are to romp in merriment, chances are this wonítí be appropriate if they are sitting in a jail cell. Further, they may romp if they are 14 years old, but sit quietly if they are 85.

Of course, there are exceptions, such the time when my screenplay had infants climb down from their cribs and escape from the nursery to the background tune of Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. (Some writers are simply impossible!)

Ordinarily, the scene enters the writerís mind and all actions derive from its elements. If the characters are making love in a campsite they will need a surrounding element like a sleeping bag, tent, or utter isolation. If they are to brawl they need an open space and, hopefully, a small audience to register shock and empathy.

In summary, every story has a running background where actions derive from motivations and character. In this pageant the writer creates a scene or sequence and then visualizes each progressive setting at the same time as the action.

While background canít drive the storyline, the setting definitely limits and defines the action so that a feeling of fictional integrity emerges.

So, next time you create and adventure story, develop characters and conflict and then follow their actions, keeping a consistent pageant of settings. That makes everything enjoyable and, well, possible.



- Bruce L. Cook


Strategies for Peace, by Bruce L. Cook and Maria Cristina Azcona (eds.)

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BRUCE L. COOK AND MARIA CRISTINA AZCONA - Full Index. I join Maria Cristina Azcona in offering this collection of viewpoints on peace making. She and I joined Ernest Kahan in 2014 to establish the Worldwide Peace Organization in Argentina. Here we identify a startling variety of facets on the crystal which represents peace. Virtually everyone claims to want world peace. Only a few take measures to promote it. Each writer who seeks peace suggests a unique dimension. It's our hope that this volume will encourage students, professors, and peacemakers to consider this comprehensive look at ten strategy perspectives which, if taken seriously in private and public life, might lead to our shared objective - worldwide peace in our time. * Leadership * Language and Leadership * Interspiritual * World Citizenship * Family Relations * Role of Women * Education * Medical Actions * The Arts * Conflict Resolution


 

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Publishing New Writers,

June 2017 (no. 1806)

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