I am writing a one-hour script to be broadcast as 5 mini-episodes. For my first draft I wrote the whole play as one story. But the structure requires more discipline: each segment must tell its own little story, seamlessly advance the main story, and end on a cliffhanger. How do I keep the action moving to make my mini-episodes compelling stories in their own right?
To help me I have used with three classic screenwriting tools: rising action, escalation and switches. In this article I will talk about what I understand these things to be, how to implement them, and how to avoid some easy mistakes. How do you make the parts of your story as exciting as the whole? (more…)