November 11th, 2010

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NaScreeWriMo - Day Eleven

Not too many pages today, but I outlined Sequence Four (of which these pages are the beginning), which for me is the hardest sequence.  It's carrying the story to the midpoint, that place where everything tips to a new direction, the hinge; it can kind of be a balancing act to bring the tension up but not overshoot, because you still have plenty to go.  Sequence Four can also be tough from a character standpoint - the act break brought her into a new world and she's slowly becoming acquainted with it.  So on the one hand, S4 sees her more comfortable, figuring things out.  On the other hand, though, she's learning that she's in over her head, that the goal she thought she was achieving with her decision at the act break is actually a false goal (and this will be hammered home at the midpoint).  It's kind of a dichotomy.  My favorite go-to structure model is The Matrix - on the one hand in S4 Neo is learning how to fight, how to operate in the matrix, how to think in a different way, and it's kind of cool.  On the other hand he's realizing that everyone on the ship is depending on him to literally save the entire world - and at the midpoint, he learns that he won't be able to, when the Oracle tells him that he is not the One.  So a lot of the tension in these 10-15 pages is internal, the protagonist warring with herself - she wants to make things work, because this is her new life, but it's getting more and more difficult until it reaches the point where she simply cannot do it.  And then we hit the midpoint and the story heads in a different direction.

Suffice it to say, it's tough.  I think I've got it figured out, but I realized a few days ago that Ilka was in some ways as much a protagonist as Mira, so I'm like having to do two separate character arcs, and interweave them, and I think I kind of fucked up in that the reversal of fortune - that great big X - should have its junction right at the midpoint, and I think they've already switched places.  I'm not sure about the pacing of it. 

Ah well - that's what the process is all about!

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