Walking Dead Season Premiere Thoughts

Just got home yesterday from the west coast and watched the episode.

Shooting from the hip, which sometimes involves shooting one’s foot:

-Rick is a wimp.

-They foreshadowed Abraham too hard last season. He was done.

-Glen came back once. Guess not again.

-Rick (the character) is a coward.

-What’s the point? I don’t really care about any of them in this episode.

-Where’s Carole? She’s had the best arc since the beginning.

-Rick is an nonredeemable coward. A bad store coupon.

-I don’t really care where Carole is because I’m done with it. They always made up the rules as they went along on that show and they continue to do so, but they’ve jumped the proverbial shark.

-They’re all going to be in thrall to Negan for Daryl? That’s just plain dumb. Pack up. Leave. It’s a big country. How do they think it’s going to get any better?

-But dumb has always been the watchword—remember when they lured the horde of walkers out of the quarry where they could have easily burned them all to death, just to set up an entire season? That was super dumb. (BTW, since my new survival prep guide is coming out next month– you should know gas goes bad faster than this show did).

-It was stupid of them at the end of last season to keep trying for help for what’s-her-name, Maggie, when it was so obvious it wasn’t going to work.

-Plus Maggie apparently got a lot better as Glen got his head bashed in. Or did I miss something there? Apparently emotional trauma cured her?

index-Everyone crying? Even the psychopath kid? Negan called that one right first time he saw him.

-Rick is done. He’s not redeemable. He’s a British actor with the worst Southern accent from the start. Next?

-Actually no next.

-No. You’re not just getting started.


westworldWatch Westworld. That’s some bad ass writing. And they even mentioned our sacred book, sort of, when they talked about the bicameral mind. Got us some Julian Jaynes going on there. All at the core of The Fifth Floor.origin-cover

Did Raleigh really put his cloak down for Queen Elizabeth I? Was he ever . . .

actually in North America?

For the first, probably not, for the second: Nope.

We do know he was beheaded on 29 October 1618.  Then again. What if he wasn’t?

For Writers. Plot III: Narrative Structure

The following is just a template. I’m a big believer in learning the craft, then breaking the rules. But you have to learn the craft first. There are other plot templates, but if you examine them, they all sort of fit the one in the slides below. When I wrote with Jennifer Crusie, she used four acts with three turning points. That also can fit.

My wife and I watch a lot of TV since our work and our hobby is story. One thing we’re noticing is much more experimentation with structure and time. Bending and breaking the rules. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 

Another thing I truly believe is that there are NO RULES. I call my book on writing a Toolkit because it isn’t a hammer’s fault if you pull it out and try to use it as a saw. During my workshop, I never say “you did it wrong.” I don’t think anyone can say that. I tend to ask “Why did you do that?”

img_0398-2_1024One thing I use when I teach is show film clips as examples of each part of the structure. I can’t put those up here because of copyright issues. But you can start studying books and films and note the parts.

Something I’m a big fan of is watching a movie or series over again. The first time you’re watching to see what happened. The second time, since you know what happened, you’re watching to see how they wrote it. That’s always a fascinating experience.

Heavy is the head filled with such deep thoughts!



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