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 …

Mr. ORCHARD and Mr. Snyder

Re-working Mr. ORCHARD this week (to upload to studios.amazon.com) brought Mr. Blake Snyder to mind quite a lot. If I were to read Mr. ORCHARD without any prior knowledge of it, I can’t imagine I would ever guess that I wrote it; it’s really violent and dark. If I were told in advance what happened …

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 …