I lost track of how many pages I did today; it went well, and I made it into what Blake Snyder would call Bad Guys Move In, approaching what Christopher Vogler or Robert McKee would call the Belly of the Beast.  I think I’m making good progress and that today I got on a lucky …
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Patterns: Writing A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussycat

I lost track of how many pages I did today; it went well, and I made it into what Blake Snyder would call Bad Guys Move In, approaching what Christopher Vogler or Robert McKee would call the Belly of the Beast.  I think I’m making good progress and that today I got on a lucky streak; I could have been more disciplined and achieved more (yet, I did also had a surprise visit from an out-of-town friend,with whom I went out for roti and talked.  Discipline isn’t everything).

I think I ended up making a lead-in to the Midpoint into the actual Midpoint, and then, the originally scheduled “False Victory” (B Snyder) become a post-Midpoint “False Defeat”, so, IOW, a “Bad Guy” (BS).  So, as Jamie Nash says, beat sheets and outlines are film/script generating tools, not analysis tools.  I think I ended up with very different values and different weights to values and a somewhat altered/adjusted structure – yet the story/events (even sequence/timing) stay the same.  Yet I wouldn’t have got to that point without the map of the beat sheet.

This feels self-indulgent, yet otoh, perhaps only because it’s “public”, on the internet.  It’s normal ‘journal’ material; it feels different to be material for a ‘cyber-journal’.  Though I’ve wondered about my own weblog self-indulgence before, tonight really makes me self-conscious.  We’re different when watched, right?  It’s cool to record my progress, though.

Tomorrow I expect to make it right into serious “Belly of the Beast” kind of territory, working closer and closer up to the last act break (much of which will wind up a copy & paste).