04 August, 2006

Living the Romantic Comedy: Dog Day Opportune

Living the Romantic Comedy

"Some believe that any story worth telling can be boiled down to one basic conflict between two protagonists; many believe that any story asks one essential question that gets answered in its telling. I believe that all too often what trips us up in the writing process is that we get lost in the wilderness of story detail... when what we need to be doing is defining the basic what of what it's all about.

Can you do that yet? What's your story's essential conflict between two primary characters? What's the one core question it's asking? Can you articulate the story's most vital and specific subject?

If you can't, you may be merely tap-dancing in the dark, no matter how high your page count."

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