Thursday, May 5, 2011

[BEHIND THE SCENES]Plotting Sneak Peaks

As part of Release Week Goodness, we present a look behind the workings of the novel and the ongoing serial.

Below, notes on what later becomes "A Family Affair."

Slight changes when compared to the finished story, as is usually the case.

Isabella is no longer a granddaughter but a daughter. And "Antonio Righetti" became "Vincent Righetti."

Here, plot notes on "Price of Vengeance."
The above was a process I borrowed from J. Michael Straczynski, from his The Complete Book of Scriptwriting.

JMS breaks down the writing of a TV episode this way: You take a legal pad and draw an equilateral cross in the middle, dividing the page into four areas. The four areas are labeled "Act One," "Act Two," "Act Three," and "Act Four." Then in each act, you lay out the major beats of the story, roughly five or six per act.

Says JMS:
I've found that if I fill in all the lines in each quarter-page section...it times out exactly right when i get to outline and script.
And there you have it.

As you can see, there are a number of changes from the planned story to what eventually becomes "Price of Vengeance."

Tomorrow: Maps Galore!

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