1. Arbell anderson

    Question: Are motivation-reaction units the same as beats in a screenplay? In other words, when you get a certain number of beats in a screen play, you may have a scene. So, if you create enough motivation-reaction units will you also have a scene?

  2. You can think of them as beats, but with a scene you want to have a beginning/middle/end and end on disaster or dilemma. However, that is for a complete scene. In a book you might actually break what is one complete scene into pieces as you switch back and forth between storylines/characters/etc. for dramatic effect.

    If you read my 4 part article on scenes here that might help.

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