10. The necessity for eliminating the little overlooked clues and loose threads
9. The false suspect
8. The cover up
7. The flight
6. The actual killing
5. The first irretrievable step
4. The opportunity
3. The plan
What is the first irretrievable step?
This is the point within the time-line where the antagonist’s action cannot be taken back.
This step may not involve the actual commission of the act necessary to supply the needs of the antagonist’s motivation. However, this step, if observed, will reveal motivation or the goal behind motivation.
The first irretrievable step contains the basic elements of who, what, where, when, and why.
The who: All the characters are in their societal roles.
The what: All have convergent motivations.
The where: Here. The stage is set.
The when: Now. The curtain is about to rise.
The why: Pain is still near and relief might be achievable.
All that is needed is for the antagonist to engage the plan fully.
The antagonist is under the greatest stress of anticipation of success or failure. Thus, at the elemental level it engages either joy or fear.