Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What I learned

 
The protagonist needs a flaw, and the plot must serve primarily as an impetus to her development. The flaw is not the same as the main obstacle, but the obstacle is always poking at the flaw and gradually forcing character development.

Character doesn’t serve plot; plot serves character! Also, generally speaking the protagonist should make a choice in the third act that she could not or would not make in the first.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What I learned

 Is your protagonist really the protagonist? If the secondary character, or love interest, or best friend has a more emotionally compelling journey than the protag. Maybe it’s time to reconsider. Unless you’re going for some feris buller type thing, but why would you?

What I learned

Don’t let subplots interrupt the main plot. Incorporate! If two characters are trying to mend a lapsed relationship while investigating monster murders, have them try to hash it out WHILE the action of the main plot is going on around them! Don’t have them sit at a table.

What I learned

These are based on scripts I'm reading for my coverage internship. Obviously, I will not be using their titles.


 

The protagonist must always be struggling. She must always take proactive steps to conquering obstacles, and these decisions must lead to the next, escalated challenge