Here’s a rare one where the background information is essential to making the story work. A woman is trying to become pregnant and having no luck. She spends the evening researching fertility clinics when she hears a baby crying. She follows the sound to find something unexpected.
Without the first minute spent setting up this woman’s desire to have a baby, all we would have is someone investigating a strange noise. By establishing this desire, we can understand the hope that accompanies her curiosity. She’s not just the person who happens to hear the sound. It calls to her for a reason. In fact, it’s the deep character work that saves what would otherwise be a mediocre ending.
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