Plot threads

String and knot - Ruth Livingstone, Ruthless Scribblings

Watch an average episode of an average TV soap opera. How many plot strands do you see? Do they run alongside each other or are they consecutive? Are they linked together – and if so, how?

I am doing a course in Scriptwriting as part of my Birkbeck BA in creative writing and that is the homework question for this week.

I have already noticed that some TV series consistently present two story lines, often with very little apparent connection between the two. Here are three examples: Continue reading “Plot threads”