My Writing Room

My Writing Room

For interested writers:

I have a two to three week writing block ahead. This being so, I am grateful to have my script at a point where I can begin objective editing. It helps to watch others’ work. If there is a movie or TV series I like, or don’t like, I make notes about what does or doesn’t work. Then I apply these notes to my own work.
Particularly when I feel that a show doesn’t work, I ask myself: have I fallen into the same trap?
These are some of those questions that have come up that I must answer and address in my own script.

Is my scenario plausible? Is the hypothesis likely enough?
What are some key points I can highlight that will impress my audience?
What elements might a more judgmental viewer question?
What is it about my characters that will invite my audience to eagerly invest in them?
Do my characters’ achievements meet or exceed audience expectations?
Are my heroes credibly heroic? My villains plausibly villainous? Or are they mere caricatures of these?
Do my characters have sufficient depth? What are their flaws? Have I identified their unique qualities and idiosyncrasies, and is this sufficiently visual, or through dialogue only?
As speculative fiction, does the time and place of my story’s setting provide key indicators of ‘difference’ to contemporary life and times?
Is the place and time of my setting sufficiently different to provide audience with sense of other-worldliness?
How will my audience identify key elements of my contrivance: its landscape, cultures, structure, communication, technology etc. and will these smoothly integrate to enhance story and not overwhelm it?
What props can I add, if necessary?
And the big one: oh dear…90 pages and still not finished…what has to go?

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