Go Into The Story | "Go into the story and find the animals"

“Go into the story and find the animals” - Film Crush Collective says:
2013-11-30 14:07:49

[…] But over time, it’s the other part in which I’ve discovered more and more layers of meaning. Start …read more […]
Adam Scott Thompson says:
2013-11-30 14:26:44

This is a technique I've employed in my writing and in real life. I observe a person and think, "If they were an animal, what kind would they be?"
Some animals are predatory. Some are highly adaptable. Others only attack when provoked. Others still escape predation by appearing to be a more dangerous creature. Some are social, others solitary. The animal kingdom is vast and so is the spectrum of humanity.
Anyway, I find it helpful to choose an animal for each character that best aligns with their personality and behavior. Animals are basic. Humans under pressure -- the conflict(s) in your story -- become basic. When in doubt ask, "What is this [human] animal's basic reaction?"
ECHenrikson@aol.com says:
2013-11-30 14:41:27

Great story, Scott. Thanks for sharing. I have a five-year-old nephew who occasionally stumbles into me when I'm writing. Hoping I have a moment like you had with your son. Good stuff!
Lydia Mulvey says:
2013-12-01 06:25:43

This remains my favourite writing story of yours, Scott. Thanks for sharing it again!
Scott says:
2013-12-01 11:44:32

Thanks, Lydia. I saved it for last for the 30 Things series precisely because it's so special to me on a personal level, the story having originated in conversation with my son, and because I think it's just an absolutely charming way to think about writing. As they say, "Out of the mouths of babes..."
Go Into The Story Week In Review: November 25-December 1, 2013 - Film Crush Collective says:
2013-12-01 18:19:52

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