LR103104: Catastrophe Can Be Fun!

This documentary is a disaster, and I really dig it. I’m lost. It’s hopeless. I can’t nail the best midpoint. I don’t know where the Chicago-Toronto references should begin in Set Up and which ones should come in later at Conflict and post-Midpoint etc. It’s a monster I have unleashed into my own house. But …

Days Without Sugar: Day 50 (again)

Hump Day! Halfway to 100! It’s all downhill coasting from here. Had I been stronger, or at least slower, giving myself time to think more, on the evening of December 25th, I’d today be preparing for an imminent Day 125. That regret really motivates me now, today. I’ve thought lately that 150 days would be …

Patterns: Beating sheets

I was asked recently (by a novelist) “how do you do a beat sheet”? It gets easier the more you do, though there’s no science to it; people  certainly disagree on them.  I put a lot of time and energy into unravelling THE DARK KNIGHT, which I found mystifying; I’ve read other versions that I …

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 …