Antagonists: In our own stories

So this week we're looking at how to make our antagonists as awesome and effective as they can be. Let's see what we can do with the antagonists we've got in the one-liners we're developing. 1. Our human-rights-attorney story: When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights … Continue reading Antagonists: In our own stories

Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: In our own stories

We're looking at the wants, needs, flaws, and symptoms of main characters this week.  Let's get to our own: 1. Our human-rights-attorney story: When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer joins a prestigious and wealthy law firm not knowing that the managing partner is the devil behind … Continue reading Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: In our own stories

Backstory: Let’s See What You’ve Got

We're looking at backstory this week.  Let's see if we can come up with some backstory to support the irreconcilable selves of the main characters of the one-liners we're developing. 1. Our human-rights-attorney story:  When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer joins a prestigious and wealthy law firm … Continue reading Backstory: Let’s See What You’ve Got

Walking Contradictions: Show us what you’ve got!

Walking contradictions are characters who have some kind of irreconcilable conflict, either internal or external or a combination thereof.  Let's see if we can develop some irreconcilable conflict for the main characters of the one-liners we've got going: 1. Our human-rights-attorney story:  When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer … Continue reading Walking Contradictions: Show us what you’ve got!

Thematic Devices: Show Us What You’ve Got!

This week we looked at metaphorical devices: symbols, motifs and allegory.  Let's see if we can develop some symbolism for the one-liners we've got going: 1. Our human-rights-attorney story:  When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer joins a prestigious and wealthy law firm not knowing that the managing … Continue reading Thematic Devices: Show Us What You’ve Got!

Clones: Let’s See What You’ve Got!

Clones, or mirror characters, reflection characters, variation-on-theme characters, are characters who highlight, through comparison and contrast, aspects--especially thematic aspects and stakes--of the main character.  Let's see if we can develop some clones for a couple of the one-liners we've got going: 1. Our human-rights-attorney story:  When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner … Continue reading Clones: Let’s See What You’ve Got!

Premise: Let’s see what you’ve got!

So, last week we sussed out possible themes of our working one-liners and concepts.  Let's see if we can expand those themes into rough, working premises... 1. Our human-rights-attorney story:  When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer joins a prestigious and wealthy law firm not knowing that the … Continue reading Premise: Let’s see what you’ve got!

Designing Principle: Show us what you’ve got!

Designing Principles can come instantly, along with the initial idea. But often they are hard-won. If they come at all. I considered trying to come up with a designing principle for one of the two premises we developed last week, but... I’ve got nothing.  The only made-up designing principle I can offer you is this... … Continue reading Designing Principle: Show us what you’ve got!