EVERY WRITER MUST KNOW AND USE THESE SIX DRAMATIC TECHNIQUES!
Conflict: Every scene must have conflict and these should express the central conflict of the story. The main conflict of the story most often is a back and forth escalating struggle between Character A and Character B.
Suspense: What will happen next? Develop a main suspense line based on the big values, goals and problem of your protagonist.
Mystery: What doesn’t the audience (and most often a character) know that they are anxious to learn and which is important to the story?
Deception: The disguise, lie, secret, con or betrayal of a major character that the audience often knows so it enjoys all the consequent irony and humour.
Twists: Big surprises that are shocking but logical (set up and believable). Often employed at the end of sequences/acts and which send the story into a new direction.
Dramatic Irony/Superior Position: When the audience knows more than a major character and so sees irony, humour and danger where the character does not.
If you use these dramatic devices, and imaginatively, your story will be much more effective and seductive.
Former producer Scott McConnell is now a story coach