I don’t know how other writers do it, but when I start a story, I come up with the basic plot and see what theme works with it.
When I started LUCY, I didn’t have one. I worked on the story, but couldn’t figure out a strong-enough theme.
I settled on one I thought worked. At the time, it seemed okay. But it didn’t fit.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but going off to V’s hockey tournament two weeks ago was exactly the break I needed. It’s remarkable what a few days of watching 8-year-olds skate their hearts out can do to one’s creative batteries.
So when I sat back down to work on the outline, something was different.
Not only was I able to get through a creative block, but on a whim, I changed my one-word theme. And it really clicked.
Boy, did it.
Even better, it works with a lot of the scenes I already had.
So today I wanted to see if I could keep the creativity flowing for the second half of the first half of Act Two. I worked on expanding the ideas I came up with yesterday. In each scene, I would ask “what’s the worst that can happen, and will it ask the central question of the story?” That helped a lot.
Right now, I’m in the middle of a necessary sequence, and hopefully tomorrow can get to the end of it. Working the midday shift has a better chance of yielding success.
If I can keep up this kind of progress, I’m hoping to be done with an outline I like by the end of February. Later than I originally hoped, but the point is: IT WILL BE DONE!
And then the real fun begins.
Movie of the Moment: THE LOSERS, which I completely forgot was based on a DC/Vertigo comic. Overall, it was a lot of fun with some really predictable moments (I saw the smoldering teddy bear a mile away). It definitely had some good parts, but sometimes the cheese got a little overwhelming. Glad I didn’t pay to see it. My biggest complaint: Jason Patric as the bad guy. Either he was really playing up the camp or the only one not taking it seriously.
Since V is on her Miyazaki kick right now, tonight’s feature was MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. I’d seen it a long time ago, but couldn’t really remember anything about it.
It’s yet another charmer, full of warm-fuzzy moments. Watch it with your kids. And explain to them that, yes, Japanese families take baths together.
Lastly, it really too much to ask for Netflix to be a little more vigilant about scratched-up discs? We missed about 12 minutes out of the whole thing because it would freeze, and then jump ahead.
V still loved it.