Everyone knows there's no good answer if a woman asks "Do I look fat?"
Same thing applies if someone asks me, "Does my arc look flat?"
[OK, no one has ever asked me if his/her story arc is flat.]
[OK, no one really thinks about the arcs at all.]
But this week I had a heavy duty dose of arc work on a couple scripts.
So here's what has been on my mind.
- When you don't know what is wrong with your script, I'm almost 90% sure the arc is flat.
- Think of a rainbow arc. The character arc is the layer upon layer of colors. The story arc is how it stretches from left to right.
- The best scripts are when the character arc and the story arc parallel each other. Both should escalate. (Escalate = more conflict.)
- Script problems pop up when all we see is a kaleidoscope of colors (plenty of character) but no story. Or a single color (great plot & story) but no character.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: The answer is yes, it looks flat.