Emotions Trump Plot

Story scripts should be simple and emotional. Students are attracted to verbs and emotions. But too many verbs confuse them and stories lacking in emotion bore them.
Amy Catania wrote a story about a waitress who lost her new ring and started jumping up and down on a table screaming, “Where is my ring?” Everybody looked for the ring. A boy found the ring in his hamburger, saw that is was expensive, and ran out of the restaurant.
I could see that happening in our school cafeteria tomorrow. It’s simple, and full of emotion. Emotions trump plot.



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