Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Outlining Isn't Just for Novels
For every script I write, I first beat out the beginning, the end, and turning points/act breaks. Then I fill in the scenes to get to those points. And believe me, this requires lots of creativity.
Coming up with a story, the beginning, end, and a few points along the way is usually how I spring an idea. It's getting past those few points that really make me dig down and get creative.
What can I do to keep the reader (remember, someone is reading our script, not watching a film reel) turning the pages? What hooks, cliffhangers, characters can I present to keep the reader involved?
This is a blueprint for the spine of your story, the DNA if you will. From there it's nature vs. nurture. Things will change as you write, just as life doesn't always go as planned. But believe me when I tell you that this original imprint will go a long way to making your story stronger, and you won't "hit the wall" at midpoint, wondering where the hell your story is going. Or what you were writing about to begin with.
I find that if I hit the wall in my outlining, it's easier to see where things went wrong, and I don't have so many words and pages to go back over to find a fix.
If you write by "the seat of your pants," you'll also get the story written, but I do believe it takes much longer to get there.
As for killing creativity, where do you think the outline came from? You created it. Just because you figured out the road to travel before the trip began, doesn't mean you can't take detours, or visit interesting places along the way.
Tired of the cliche analogies? Sorry, but I'm sincere in my clicheness. hahaha
What do you do that helps you map out your story?