Started by Adam0199, March 19, 2003, 11:27:21 PM
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Quote from: Sleepless on May 12, 2011, 09:45:26 AMHow do you plot out your story?For me, that's always where I have the most trouble. It sounds ridiculous, I know. I have no problem coming up with ideas, imagining characters, their worlds, and the stories themselves. I understand structure, and I think I'm capable enough at feeling out the correct pace and rhythm for a screenplay. But I often seem to languish in making loads of notes, imagining the script, etc, and once I get into the writing I whip through the pages. It's the detailed plotting phases which always gets me. I've tried writing a detailed treatment, and I really didn't enjoy it. I've tried the Coen approach of having as much information on paper and in my head as possible and then just trying to write the screenplay - but found that unless you're pre-2002 Coens that's really not a good idea. Typically, once I have everything more or less mapped out in my mind I'll take the index card route, but it still doesn't fill out as detailed as it should to be the launching pad for a full-on script. So what tricks or techniques does everyone else use for this phase of their writing?
Quote from: polkablues on May 12, 2011, 04:37:22 PMYou can't look at plot as a dirty word, though; boiled down to its broth, all "plot" means is cause-and-effect. It's the series of actions and reactions that drives your characters through the story. You can't really say don't be concerned about plot, just write the story -- the plot IS the story. Without it you just have a series of unrelated events in which characters do things that don't matter. I've read (hell, written) enough aimless scripts that start nowhere and go nowhere to respect the importance of plot to story. And I've used the same excuse that every writer who writes an aimless script uses: "It's about the characters." Which is fine, but cinematically, the way you reveal character and develop character is through plot. Characters start out in stasis, then events happen which move them out of that stasis, and how the characters respond to their new situation is the only way we know who they are as characters. That's all plot is. It's how we get the characters from point A to point B.
Quote from: Sleepless on May 13, 2011, 03:51:03 PMI broke down and read Story years ago. To be honest, I've forgotten most of it, but it basically just hammers 3 act structure the same as any other cheap screenwriting book.
Quote from: polkablues on May 12, 2011, 04:37:22 PMcinematically, the way you reveal character and develop character is through plot.