View plot as a series of emotional opportunities.
Human interactions are layered. Someone may be asking for a cruller at a Dunkin’ Donuts counter, but the brisk demand and the American Express Platinum card flicked over for payment mark this as an assertion of status. As powerful as the unexpected undertow of need can be in a scene, the moment when a true need of reality underlying a situation breaks through to the surface can be equally as forceful. There’s force and emotional effect in sweeping away artifice and exposing the raw reality that we usually try to ignore. Getting real is what happens when a scene’s subtext bursts through. Any sudden shift in tone, unexpected openness, challenge, show of force, sudden softening, begging for compassion, or other call to genuineness and honesty can become electrifying and emotional.