Blog Entry #5

Shoot the glass. A blog about writing. A blog about mental health (sort of).   “Hi. I didn’t come to last week’s group as I was in Berlin. By the way, Berlin is great, you should well go there. It’s sort of overwhelming and evocative, but really inspiring and interesting at the same time. I mean, when you think about what that country has been through. Anyway, I’ve done a one-page treatment. Honestly, I was writing this just a couple of hours ago and I’ve still been brainstorming it in the car on the way in. Right, so, I get inspired by lots of weird things. Like, this idea comes from listening to Rasputin by Boney M. You know the song? It came up on my Spotify suggestions weeks ago and I immediately thought it would be piss funny to have it playing over a really dark scene in a film, like a murder scene or something. Then from there I kicked it around a bit and have ended up with this story about a Neighbourhood Watch group at a seaside town, set against the backdrop of Euro 96. The chairman and main character is a guy called Willburry Mulligan. Oh yeah, that name just came to me…

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Blog Entry #4

Get the meat and potatoes right and the rest will be fine. A blog about writing. A blog about mental health (sort of). Act 1, Scene 1: Who is main character? What are their wants and needs? FYI – It’s me, this is my story. I really want to be a writer, I’d love to do it as a job. Ultimately, I simply need a creative outlet through which I can dump a load of things I’ve over analysed or use it to burn adrenaline. What next? Well, I need to have a trigger event that will spur me into action, whereupon I will be face with obstacles and a continued series of escalating events (Act 2) until I eventually overcome them and win (Act 3). I might fail, that a possibility too. Either way, I’ll then be faced with a new world in which my wants, my needs and my emotions will all have changed because of my experiences. See, I did remember something from my course!! The Three Act format is key to all good storytelling. It’s what the audience expects, it’s like a comfort blanket to wrap them in whilst immersing them into the world you’ve created. The course didn’t introduce me to this structure…

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