Category: Writing

Blog the cat, chapter 3 – Characters

The Kelworth Files

Blog the Cat post index.
In Chapter Three of Save the Cat, “It’s about a guy who…” Blake Snyder talks about how important characters are to a movie idea and pitch. I’m starting to like these offbeat chapter titles, by the way.

I’m certainly predisposed to the idea that well developed characters are central to telling a story, and that the characters should fit the plot well. Blake starts by telling how good characters give the audience somebody to identify with, somebody to experience the story for them. He also covers how descriptive adjectives for your characters can make the logline more compelling, which is interesting especially since I’ve been hearing a lot about how important it is to avoid overusing adjectives in prose fiction, but a script logline is certainly a very different kind of writing, so it’s not too surprising that the rules should be different there.

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You Might Be a Writer If…

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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A lot of “stuff” has been going on in my life lately. Hard stuff. Heavy stuff. The kind of stuff that just makes me want to write massacre scenes….except I am so brain dead I had to google how to spell “massacre.”

Masicker? Missucker?

WHAT AM I DOING???? *breaks down sobbing*

I am supposed to be an adult an expert okay, maybe functionally literate. Fine, I give up! I have nothing left to saaaaayyyyyy. I am all out of woooords *builds pillow fort*.

I figured it’s time for a bit of levity. Heck, I need a good laugh. How about you guys?

We writers are different *eye twitches* for sure, but the world would be SO boring without us. Am I the only person who watches Discovery ID and critiques the killers?

You are putting the body THERE? Do you just WANT to go to prison? Why did you STAB…

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Your Purpose

Reflections

People do it everyday. Wake up maybe put the coffee on, turn on the television or scroll through the phone, never mind reading the newspaper anymore. After that, we’re off to the nine to five grind. Same old people same old traffic and come back home just to get ready to do it over again. It is the same thing day in and day out, but what’s it all for?

Some people might say, well I live for my kids or my family is my sole purpose in life. Reflect on that for a moment. Is it, really? Life is simple and yet complex. Tell me, who created your family? Where did they come from? What was your purpose in life before your wife, husband, or children? Again I ask, what is your purpose in life?

For instance, I too, have a family, wife, children, but they are not my purpose in life. The scripts I write for movies, short films, etc., may be fulfilling but it is not my purpose. There has to be more to life than the up down up down state of being we go through sun up to sun down on a daily basis. And it doesn’t matter if it’s for you or your family. There is something more to life we can’t see, something that compels us to move forward everyday.

Once we find out what that something is, your driving force, this will be your purpose in life. And once you find your purpose, life takes on a whole new perspective.

What is your purpose?

Working

When it comes to technology I have a very short fuse. If I’m working on a project, boy do I expect the platform, device, or website host for that matter to work. Yes, I understand in our world of some timers things tend to break down and crash, but holy cow not when I’m trying to work God forbid.

One minute my video upload is good. The next minute, move a few things around take it down and upload it once again and BOOM, no go. It’s the same video for crying out load only in a different spot. You would think it should work right, wrong. I feel like a new born baby first day breathing air. Frustrated you are (in my Yoda voice). Understatement my little green friend, understatement.

I’m a venting fool right now but I know some of you can relate to my dilemma if there were such a thing. I dig technology like a brand new shovel on a job site, when it works. On the other hand, when it doesn’t work, you might as well have started World War III, cause I’m ’bout to hit the nuke button baby.

Oh well, guess I’ll sleep on it and see what tech support tells me tomorrow since us normal people like to work in the middle of the night (you know, normal hours). If you happen to read this, thanks for taking the time out of your hour to help me release some tension, your thoughtfulness is duly noted. On to the next one.