Based on a True Story by Elizabeth Renzetti

By Elizabeth Renzetti

A delectable satirical novel approximately big name tradition, journalism, fact, lies, outcomes — in regards to the fictions we inform ourselves and the fictions we inform others.

Augusta expense (not her genuine identify) is known in England for taking part in a slatternly barmaid on a evening cleaning soap opera and for falling down inebriated in public. Now, she has no task, no dating together with her long-lost son, and a tragic scarcity of tranquilizers — yet she has had a fantastic hit together with her memoir (which relies on a real tale, yet simply very loosely).

But while Frances Bleeker — an insecure and never very winning American tabloid journalist — tells Augusta guy she as soon as enjoyed has written a publication, Augusta turns into terrified that her existence tale could be printed because the net of lies it truly is. She units out on a trans-Atlantic trip from London to California to hunt revenge on her former lover — a trip that may require the reluctant support of Frances.

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A shared goal allows for the separate pieces of the story to come together in the climax, and it brings about a powerful and unambiguous resolution. Not only do multiple plotlines splinter our attention, but because the plot contains the external obstacles against which the internal growth of the character is challenged, having more than one plot fractures this inner goal as well. Because a writer expresses the thematic point of view in a story through the internal conflict, when the goal of that conflict is divided by opposing plotlines, as in Heat, the writer’s perspective tends to get lost or become neutralized altogether.

A lack of tension means there is no momentum. P lot: L ig h ts , C a m er a, Action! 33 The most important thing to remember about the plot is this: Where conflict leads, action follows… On the other hand, if action were the only thing that connected the audience to a story, then great plots would rely solely on great, big problems (such as terrorists vaporizing entire cities, planets colliding, and giant meteorites falling out of the sky). But contrary to what many Hollywood producers seem to believe, bigger isn’t always better.

A person [character] succeeds or fails… • to grow and change [arc]… • within the context of the conflict that is unfolding [plot]… • from the writer’s point of view [theme]. The plot, which is the line of action, represents the conflict that is unfolding. People do not grow and evolve by simply willing it to be so. Great stories reflect how development and progress in life occurs as a result of dealing with and facing the obstacles life throws in our path…or not. Therefore, it can’t be emphasized enough that the conflict in the plot provides the opportunity for the growth of the character.

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