Sometimes you gotta rant

My last post was rather full of the emo-ness. It happens. Strangely it actually seems to have helped.

I’ve been working on outlining several of my projects. I figure that, since I plan stuff in the office, I might want to try planning things when I write. We’ll see if it works once I get back to the writing. It has caused me naught but grief in the past.

I’m using the Snowflake Method with some modifications. The method has one of the first steps being to say more about the story than I usually know when I start. However, I seem to have found a weakness in my screenplay, which is that the hero didn’t really have anything he was striving for. (Or if he did, it wasn’t compelling enough to me, and since I’m the author, well, that’s just not good.) I have since identified something that will breathe life into some of the scenes that have needed it. I haven’t yet figured out how the rest of the plot is going to go.

One of the things a lot of writing guides say is to have the try/fail thing happen at least twice before they win. Thinking about it in this way has never been helpful for me. So I need to come up with a way to accomplish the same result. Or else figure out how other movies do it.

I did a breakdown of Pride and Prejudice, and if you look at the Lizzy/Darcy romance as the thing that’s being tried and failing, the Rosing’s proposal is the 1st attempt, and Pemberly is the 2nd. I was quite impressed, because it’s not like Ms. Austen had writing books to read, yet it’s clear why this story is so often made–it’s got a very clear story arc there. (The Jane/Bingley romance has another arc of two fails before success.)

I’ll need to re-watch some of my favorite movies to see if I can break them own into the structure and see how others do it.

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