Power Structure

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Power Structure, as its name suggests, is a screenwriting software package that emphasizes the building blocks of your story. Rather than give you a blank slate upon which to compose your screenplay, Power Structure provides a tool for hashing out your most important story-building issues. You may, for example, remain unsure about your protagonist's quest. It's also possible that you haven't fully fleshed out his romantic relationship. There are a whole host of such questions that must be answered before you proceed with your story.

Many novice screenwriters mistakenly underestimate the importance of structure. To them, snappy dialogue and cool set pieces are the foundation of a great script. Without an airtight structure, though, a lot of this window dressing is wasted. There are countless scripts out there that are simply average because they tack strong dialogue onto a fundamentally flawed story.

The Components of Power Structure

Unlike competing scriptwriting software products, Power structure helps you dream up intriguing characters and situations, then place them in juxtaposition to one another. You may, for instance, have an idea of a particular task your protagonist must accomplish. With Power Structure, you can set that task to the side temporarily and come up with potentially dramatic or comedic situations that raise the stakes. By assigning color-coded symbols to your various elements, you can group like ideas and differentiate them from other groups of like ideas.

The goal of Power Structure is to give you a working model for your screenplay and, at the same time, help you spot weaknesses in your story. When you address those needs early, it dramatically raises your chances of reaching the finish line, which is page 120, in good shape. One of the worst paths a writer can take is to plow head first into a tale with which he or she is only somewhat familiar. There is no substitute for great structure, no matter what the dialogue punch-up writers may say.

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