They show us how to navigate social situations and overcome adversity. For a story to fulfill its function and satisfy the human spirit, there has to be change.
Outlining process… evolved to utility. A Deep Life Lesson. The protagonist is usually the one who learns it, but it can be another character. And the character in question can either a learn it drama or comedy or b not learn it and endure dreadful consequences tragedy or tragicomedy.
My story ideas almost always start with a character. Hello, 70k words and no ending in sight.
It especially gives me a feel for what this character is good at—and where her weaknesses are. Now come the hard part; taking a look at this hot mess and coming up with a lesson for my character to learn. In practice, I evolve the theme more than I do the logline and pitch. I work these out on a whiteboard, scan them to Evernoteand transcribe them into a mind-map app.
Alternatively, I can use a free-drawing note taking app thence to Evernote and mind-map instead of a whiteboard, but I strongly prefer a whiteboard. Now, with the theme and logline in mind, I give my character s a past.
What old ideas do my character s need to chuck?
And how did they come by those ideas? The only problem with this is keeping the theme in mind; but I find I can let these rip almost as fast as the original exploratory writing.
This happens directly in Scrivener. For this, I use a whiteboard, and I pace and talk to myself a lot. This gets cleaned up, scanned into Evernote, and transcribed to that mind-map, which finally gets imported into Scrivener, both as documents and as a link to the original map.
It sounds a lot more structured than it is. Every time I try this I get blocked for weeks. If I get stuck I do a very loose mind map of a few things that have to happen between the beats. I structure my Scrivener draft into folders based on beats NOT acts so that I can check the word counts on the fly.
I write in documents inside the folder, breaking them into scenes as I go based on change of location or time.
This is working structure.
A word about research: I do the same thing for fantasy settings and science fiction settings, except using spreadsheets, typed documents, and drawn diagrams, scanned from whiteboards or created in a freeform note taking app.
OK, I used to write apps for a living. Setting up an spreadsheet to do that is not hard for me.Save the Cat fills in the structure The Nutshell Technique is a Cat’s Cradle – a string looped over hands and then passed through in patterns.
Skip to primary navigation. The Save The Cat Logline Template by Blake Snyder is a great “story-tester” to see if you have all the story elements you need for a story concept. By plugging the components of your story idea into the STC Logline Template, you can create5/5(1).
The key idea that both Story Genius (Genius) and Save the Cat (STC) emphasised was that a story is about a lesson that is learned. A Deep Life Lesson. A Deep Life Lesson. The protagonist is usually the one who learns it, but it can be another character.
Alex: Now did you know what, where ‘Save the Cat’ came from the name. Jose Silerio: The name ‘Save the Cat’ itself is a term that uses and you know and it’s a . Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr.
Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. If you have a perfectly constructed logline that genuinely taps into the essence of what your film is all about, then it’s meaning should resonate on every page of your script. If you’re ever stuck writing a scene, you can always look to that logline and it will push you in the right direction.