Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Not just the blocking....

I did a lot of the cutting and pasting yesterday, but there's still more work to be done, because it's not just about moving the folks and their dialogue. Characters are thinking and feeling different things in different scenes -- or they should be. So when I move bits from scene to scene, it means I have to make sure the thoughts and emotions of the new combo scene fit the new scene. That ain't as easy as it sounds.

I've also decided that there's quite enough talking in the new scene, and it would make more tension if I stopped where I am, and saved the bit from later I was going to use here to come, well, later. Maybe not as late as it is now, but later.

And if you've been wondering why I haven't been putting up my little cartoons, it's because my old computer had so many problems, I've been using Daughter's. But hooray, the new computer has arrived! It will take awhile to get it hooked up and files shifted, etc. but I'll no longer have to worry about the program closing on me!


Kimber Chin said...

I think the way you rearrange scenes is amazing.
I'm such a linear person.
I can't get my head around it.

Were you always able to do that
or is it something
that can be learned?

Anonymous said...

Please tell me (I'm begging here) that you aren't able to magically keep this all in your head?

I have to put it up on a poster board, blocked, with stickies to move about. Any other recipe for re-blocking would have me in a mind scramble ...


Margaret Moore said...

Kimber, generally, I'm linear, too. I used to do outlines for essay questions on exams! However, I realized the scenes on their own were too flabby -- too much excess, unnecessary stuff before the "good stuff", so I wanted to condense, and that's where the cutting and pasting comes in. I'm basically squeezing two-three scenes into one.

And nooooo, I most certainly do not keep this in my head! I can't even do it on the computer. I have to have a print out, and then I go at it with highlighters and post-its and make a list on a separate page of what goes where when. Otherwise, I get totally twisted up and confused. And even then, I'll be going along and think, wait! Is this right? What the...?