All You Need To Know About Plotting, you’re welcome

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park are guest professors at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University — and give the ultimate advice at the four minute mark. (The whole thing runs about six minutes.)


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Have any plotting tricks and tips to share?

Key Notes:
Hilary thought that all my overseas buddies might not be able to see this due to those odd restrictions on stuff. So, the advice from the video is that if in-between scenes you’re writing and then your screwed (their words). It needs to be a therefore or a but.

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Updated: November 23, 2016 — 11:09 am


  1. I don’t. The video wouldn’t play for me. My big weakness!

    1. Darn. I’ll add a link to the website, in case it’s some embedding problem.

  2. Good advice. But and therefore are good!

    Thoughts in Progress and MC Book Tours

  3. That is really good advice. I never thought of it in that manner before.

  4. Episodic v. rising action! So succinctly put. Thanks for showing this today.

  5. This is great advice that makes plenty of sense. How cool it would be to attend a class with guest lecturers like this.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. I’m playing it now. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I’m sending link to my laptop to watch this with sounds.

  8. Hi Holly – it probably doesn’t work abroad .. but I’m sure it gives great advice – looks like it … cheers Hilary

    1. Ah, that must be it. I’ll add the keynotes to the post, so everybody can learn the wisdom of the South Park creators.

  9. I really enjoyed their energy and that it’s not about no. And it’s okay to toss out crap ideas.

    My kinda thinking.

    Thanks for posting this. Happy New Week.

  10. I watched it (I’m East coast, same as you). Excellent. Reminds me of a few years ago, well maybe 10 years ago … don’t know where the time goes … when I tried to write some screenplays. Would still like to. Yes, lay it all out on a board … or write on index cards and tack them on a board. Their advice is right on: therefore … but … Keep the action going. Action is character.

    Glad I got over here, Holly, to see this. Thanks for the post/video. Have a great week.

  11. Thanks for sharing this. It would be so fun to work on South Park. Their Thanksgiving episode with the aliens is my favorite.

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