Saturday, March 6, 2010

Today's Nugget: Tin Man Needs a Heart

TODAY'S NUGGET: Tin Man Needs A Heart

I'm determined to finish reading the action spec I started yesterday.  I'm pausing at p. 58+ to write this blog b/c I'm struggling to stay awake.

Let's examine what the writer did right & wrong:

GOOD:
- It's about one concept, i.e., getting a VIP out of trouble.
- The writer sticks to that one concept.
- Every scene builds so we wonder how the main character will rescue the VIP.
- Some good conflict in here & there.

BAD:
- I'm not engaged emotionally.
- Lots of action, action, action, but I'm not engaged emotionally.
- Because I'm not engaged emotionally, I don't really care about the character.

WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I can't identify with someone who isn't at least a little bit vulnerable. I can't crack his shell & identify with him.  For heaven's sake, give the Tin Man a heart!

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