So we had another great webinar Saturday, where T and I chose an idea, and then dove into process: how do you turn an idea into a story? To avoid pure instinct and emotion, I discussed the technical aspects, questions like “Who, What, Where, Why, How, When?” and patterns like the Hero’s Journey.
If I had ANY lack of clarity or faith in my ability, I would never begin a story until I had applied these tools, understood the overall shape and HAD AN END IN MIND. I wouldn’t write it unless It felt like it would be fun, and also could see a direct way to write it. There are ALWAYS unexpected problems, so starting with something that has energy and direction is a must.
I don’t know what the final title will be, but the brainstormed possibilities were great, and right now I’ve chosen “Fugue State.” I like that. Multiple meanings that allow us to twine thematic elements and subtext. Yummy.
One of the most important things was THE PROCESS ITSELF. Brainstorming (between multiple people) mindstorming (when by yourself), the importance of foolishness, how to collaborate without tearing each other apart (one person holds the kill switch, always. It varies between projects: if T’s name is first, SHE had the kill switch and did most of the mechanical work. And vice versa) and so on.
So I hope people are watching the PROCESS as much as the CONTENT. Most readers only see the finished PRODUCT, and that is the least useful in terms of learning, like trying to figure out an internal combustion engine by looking at the paint job.
Anyway, serious fun. Today, I just transferred the simple paragraphs of description into WRITER DUET, a great on-line screenwriting/collaboration software. Wednesday, I’ll break it down into scenes and Friday I’ll add dialogue.
On Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll work on the current Larry Niven project, “Ghost Writer.” And every day, I’ll tweak the Mississippi Shuffle script. By the way…I sent it to my agents last Friday. Fingers crossed!
Write with passion!
(www.lifewrite.com is the way to join the fun. Be a part of history! Our goal is not just to write a story, but a GOOD story, a PUBLISHED story, and one good enough to be win an award. Hey! I dream big.)