Suspense Plots

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Order 'The MacGuffin, a term used by Alfred Hitchcock, refers to that element . . . that is a mere pretext for a plot. The MacGuffin might be the papers the spies are after, the secret theft of a ring, any device or gimmick that gets the plot rolling, The plot, moreover, is simply a pretext for an exploration of character. The MacGuffin itself has little, if any, intrinsic meaning. The MacGuffin, said Hitchcock, is nothing.'

-- Lorrie Moore




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Suspense Plot Techniques


But if you're in a hurry -- or you just don't want to spend the time developing an integrated justification for your Emotional Plot -- here's the recipe for an instant Suspense Plot . . .

'Elevator' Plays


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