Scene. Conflict. Aftermath.

Every story has a beginning, middle, and end.  I also just got into hiking that every story (without thinking of subplots for the moment), is one where some sort of conflict happens, and then the conflicts plays out and you see the aftermath.

Conflict isn’t the beginning, though.  Events play themselves out first that set-up a conflict.  Sort of a Deus Ex-Machina in reverse.  The Witches at the beginning of Macbeth, a decision by King Lear to divide up his kingdom and allow his daughters and their husbands to rule.  The Ghost of Hamlet’s father telling Hamlet of his father’s murder and of his step-father’s role in it.  Iago feeling spurned by not being chosen for promotion by Othello.  The Houses, and the youth, of the Capulets and Montagues fighting before Romeo meets Juliet and they fall in love.

Some initial scene, some initial setting.  Characters are introduced.  And then after that they come into conflict with one another.   Or with something.    Hence the “Man vs. nature” or “Man vs. supernatural” structure of some stories.

And then there’s the circumstances of life, life events.  Getting Cancer, Getting married, getting divorced, having children, getting the dream job, losing the dream job, vacationing in Europe.  (Or so it is in the movies).

Or, supernaturally, zombie outbreak, alien contact, ghosts, vampires, and some other evil-intending creatures.

In Thrillers, Film Noirs, by Hitchcock and others, someone if after something, or some ill-plot is afoot.  Power, money, love.

Scene.  Conflct.  and the inevitable aftermath.

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