Nighttime blabbering 782

I am enforcing a new rule in writing. I’ve noticed that some of my scenes lack strength. I mean, there’s no punchline in the end. If the culmination of a scene falls apart or feels incomplete, that’s a problem. And, in editing, I usually fix it so each paragraph sounds much better, stronger, and clearer. However, writing them initially and correcting them afterward that’s time-consuming. So, new rule. Write the scene only when you can imagine it completely. That sounds proper, doesn’t it? No more open endings, amateur openings, and stalled mid-sections. There must be a pattern, an outline, or just a basic idea of directions, heading, and route from point A to point B. Usually, I haven’t had these problems during writing. Perhaps I was underskilled, and I haven’t had my eyes adjusted to spotting mistakes, problematic passes, and redundant words in sentences that keep slowing down reading. Now, I’d like to think I am a bit riper, more of red color and not so green as I was in the beginning. It’s probably the best that I can open up a book, an old piece of writing by a renowned writer, and start catching things that wouldn’t be accepted today as rules of writing. I imagine it’s the same for English-speaking countries when you read something old, and keep seeing wrong punctuations, old words that changed it’s meaning, and those dead words neatly decorating live sentences. So, my new rule. Imagine the scene before you write it down. That way, I’ll have only important scenes and strong depictions instead of filler paragraphs and elements that are too much for the story. So far, the process is slow, but I reached page 90, and this is a great achievement since I had problems with page 75.

Instead of a Commander Kitten, a mascot of this blog, let me share something surprising with you tonight. I am giving you the first Serbian animated movie called “Techotise: Edit and I” released in 2009. It is created by 5 people during 5 years of work without voice actors.


4 thoughts on “Nighttime blabbering 782

  1. Yes, a scene has a shape, and it’s a story shape. It has a beginning, middle and end, and in the beginning is the statement of a goal or purpose of the story, which means the character must do things in order to get closer to that thing desired, but there’s no easy road to a meaningful goal. And a scene isn’t a full story, because a scene ends when something happens that makes it harder to achieve the overall story goal. Some people call it a disaster (unless it’s from the perspective of the antagonist – a good result for him also results in a bad result for the protagonist).
    Goal – Obstacles – Disaster.
    Objective – Obstacles – Outcome.
    Purpose – Problems – Result.
    It’s the shape, both of story and scene, but much stronger in a scene because a scene is shorter.
    It doesn’t have to be a cliffhanger at the end, but it needs to make the character search for a new goal in another scene in order to continue the main story.
    There is also a secondary type of scene; some people call it a sequel – it’s what comes after the disaster/outcome/result, and it’s where the character reacts to the ending, tosses up all the options for continuing, and makes a decision (which becomes the goal/purpose of the next scene).
    Reaction – Dilemma – Decision (the new goal in the next scene).
    Another shape for a scene, this time for the one that responds to the trouble he landed in at the end of the previous scene.

    How to do it so it doesn’t feel like a machine? That’s where writing magic happens, and involves a deep emotional attachment to the character and his reasons/motivation for continuing. Writers make magic happen, and the reader doesn’t see the structure – they only feel the connection to the character if they want him to succeed at the thing he wants to get/do/become.

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