Table of contents
Week 2 Tuesday
- Saving Cat opening - character saves a cat, readers have investment.
- Conflict - Crisis - Resolution. Hegelian triad, maybe even false Hegelian triad.
- Fifth exit - passing opportunities for resolution. “Trying to subvert the expected.”
- How can you take the next exit?
- The day’s that different.
Week 6 Thursday
- Summary, changing time - going between different temporalities
- How to dilate and speed time to change perception and narrative structure?
- Is summary an event?
- Energy - tension and pace. What is the excitement, what is the spark? What propoels the reader forward? It is the result of textures, tensions, story paces.
- Energy is the result of craft choices.
- Energy changes the temporality of the writing.
- Enery is not fixed - it’s a spectrum.
- Knowing when to be low energy is as important as being high energy.
- Sometimes cold, low energy scenes can generate tremendous tension, perhaps the highest tension, irreducible tension.
- Principles of increased Energy: subject choice, sparky word choice, super-specifics, gaps and leaps
- How to lower energy?
- How to critically fulfill or subvert expectations?
- Gap - leaping from one thing to anohter.
- Format leaps - interrupts an expectation of consistency.
- Dialogue leaps - what are they saying without saying?
- Symbolic leap - connections between imagery, action, dialogue
- Object leaps - disjunctures which force readers to bridge bizarre objects.
- Relationship between the author and the reader: how much work does the reader have to do? How does the author guide the reader?
Week 7 Tuesday
- Insight - fresh, thoughtful, necessary, a unique insight and point of view, which is different and adds.
- Insight is the place where the writer, reader, and the story all meet.
- How do we learn things as we read? We all gather meaning as we live.
- How to understand characters as more deeply related to yourself.
- Pushing the borders of tolerance
- Complicating the expected is an act of insight.
- Three pillars of insight - tension, yearning, subtext - pulse, ache, why?
- Subtext - the underlying meaning is left unclear, in the negative space
- Ache - we cannot delineate it until it is done.
- Don’t preach, overwrite, overexplain.
- Trust your reader, and trust yourself.