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Creating plots with the zigzag method

I’ve learned this method years ago and I’ve been using it ever since. The zigzag plot creator starts like this: 

A crescent zigzag. 

You can have as many up and downs as you want. I’ve drawn six to keep it simple. Alright, this zigzag is your storyline and every corner is an important event that will change everything:

Every down represents a bad thing happening to your main characters, taking them further away from their goal. Every up is a good event, taking them closer to their goal:

So, when the zigzag goes down, something bad must happen. When the zigzag goes up, something good must happen. The reason why we drew a crescent zigzag is because every down must be worse than the previous, and every up must be better than the previous. As the zigzag advances, events become more serious and relevant. 

Let’s apply the zigzag method. My storyline is a detective trying to catch a serial killer in a futuristic city. Minutes later, this is what I’ve got:

Start: Detective, our protagonist, is just promoted

Down #1: Mass suicide happens in town, detective gets the case, the whole town thinks it might have been a religious suicide act, but detective suspects that someone single-handed killed all those people

Up #1: Detective finds clue about a possible killer

Down #2: A bigger mass murder happens, a true massacre, it’s a definitely a murder

Up #2: Detective finds the killer’s trail

Down #3: Thinking he is ahead of time, close to catching the killer, detective ends up dead in another mass murder

Up #3: Because of his notes and discoveries, the police is able to find the killer before they leave town

From this point on you can play with zigzag as much as you want. For example, changing the orientation of the zigzag for a bad ending:

Lots of ups and downs:

Or just a few:

It’s up to you (see what I did there?).

You can plot any type of story with the zigzag method. It’s a visual and easy process for a very complex task.

*Sherlock and John arguing in middle of a case*

John : You are rude to everyone !

Sherlock : Well you are impatient!

John : You never buy milk !

Sherlock : You never make tea !

John : You are an arsehole !

Sherlock : You have a big penis !

Lestrade :  (⊙_⊙)

The whole yard :  (¬‿¬)

Killer :  (ಠ _ ಠ)

Dead body :  (ʘ‿ಠ)

John :  (ಥ ‿ ಥ)

Sherlock : What? i thought we were just stating facts….

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I should’ve played Silver Case when it came out last year but I waited until the ps4 version lmao and god it’s amazing. If anyone reading this is interested in Suda’s games and wants a place to start/is a fan but on the fence, it’s a must play (and fairly frequently goes on sale for like, $12 on gog and the other one). I need to replay FSR now too… or wait until 25th Ward.

anonymous asked:

What would you recommend to someone who is just starting to watch horror movies?

Oh hell, yeah!! I love giving recs and I LOVE when people start getting interested in horror. I’ll give you recs in a few different categories so that you don’t watch anything you wouldn’t enjoy:

Early Horror Movies (Most Are Black and White, 1900′s-1950′s):

Personal Favorites From the 1960′s (Suspenseful):

Must-Sees of the 70′s (The Beginning of the Golden Era):

1980′s Cult Classics (The decade of good special-effects make up):

Horror-Comedies:

Best of 2000′s-now:

Other Favorites (AKA 90′s horror):