It Went Something Like This…

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“The imagination exercises a power influence over every acto of sense, thought, reason,– over every idea.” ~ Latin Proverb

As writers we have a tendency of overhearing conversations and using them for our own creative purpose. Hey, their stories can be a lot more exciting, if we make a few changes…

They are after all pieces of a bigger puzzle. Our puzzle that is.

Which is why I decided to just write scenes about conversations I overhear and such through the eyes of a character. Mostly for fun and who knows, my mistakes can be point out and might just help me get better.

Till next time,

Eva

Plot Point I is Only the Beginning

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“A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.”~Chinese Proverb

 

When I shared my thoughts about the inciting incident I compared it to the beginning of a dominoes effect. After all, the inciting incident is what pushes the real story to begin (you can reread the post here).

Now on to plot point I. Believe it or not, this is actually crucial.

Before entering my writing program I didn’t know what the big deal was. I mean a story is a story and all we need is to get from Point A to point B. The End.

Yeah, I was wrong.

What’s important is defining how to get from A to B.  Which is why plot point I is the beginning of the path the protagonist has to take to start the true adventure. You know, the one that changes his or her life.

For example:

Timothy has always been happy living in his comfort zone and not being push to try new things. This may be because he is afraid of change [ his world ].

One day his friend, Alex, dares him to do something unexpected, Timothy is hesitant but finally gives in [inciting incident].

Both young men go to a bar on the other side of the city where Timothy has to pick up a chick. However, the young lady he chooses is none other than, Maxine, a  free spirit [ beginning of plot point I].

The protagonist has to be removed from his or her ordinary world for the transformation to begin. In this case, Timothy was dared to leave his world by Alex. In the process he met Maxine, who will take him on an unexpected adventure.

So as you continue or begin your next (or first) screenplay or manuscript make sure there is an individual or event that is plot point I (the turn of events). The inciting incident takes the character to where plot point I needs to begin.

And remember, the only way to really understand the structure is to keep on working on it. Writing isn’t about making it perfect. Writing is about making it better, something you and I are working on.

Till next time,

Eva

Screenwriting and Structure

Credit to its rightful creator.

“The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude towards them.” ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

When we wake up one day realizing that we want to become screenwriters the first things we mostly do (talking from experience here) is research on it and write.  We are excited about it. After all,  we are going to write for movies and win Oscars and, and! But once we pass that stage of excitement we come to realize that there’s more to it because writing screenplays is no walk in the park.

Which is why as writers we are always seeking guidance.

Here is when we buy the books and we read the scripts. Lots of them (I hope this is something we all do, beginners or experience screenwriters). One of the reasons we do this is so we can get a feel for what we need to do.

For example, if we want to write children picture books, fantasy novels, and Ya books we go to a bookstore, browse, and purchase a few books to study them.  So screenwriting should follow the same process for the most part: Read the script and watch the movie — to see the finish product of course and have a better understanding.

However, the difference between manuscripts and screenplays is that screenplays are limited to 120 pages. Unless of course your Christopher Nolan and Fran Walsh, so you better get crakin’.

Oh, yeah. There’s one little thing… A screenplay, for it to be at least read in hollywood, needs to follow a paradigm:

ACT I

  • Introduction – Who are the players?
  • Inciting Incident – This here is what I call the dominoes effect.
  • Plot Point I – The real story should begin here.

ACT II

  • First Half – Here is the beginning of the action, mystery, frustration, or suspense.
  • Midpoint – We know things are either going good or extremely terrible.
  • Second Half – We are getting to the answer.
  • Plot Point II – We found the answer.

ACT III

  • Resolution – It changes the protagonist for better or worse.

If you’re familiar with Syd Field then the paradigm I just mentioned should look familiar. It is his paradigm after all. And this of course is the one I go by. You have to remember, we writers have mentors and by mentors I don’t always mean someone you personally know.

Plus this paradigm to me makes a lot of sense.

One way I like to review the writing process is by writing the steps down, which is why I always write about them and share them with my fellow writers.

After all, we all need a refreshing course and this is mine.

 Now, I did write about the inciting incidents a few months ago and that can be found here. And remember, if you go by something different or want to me to focus on something in particular let me know. We are a community. Aren’t we?

 

Till next time,

 

Eva