I’ve already discussed various ways to structure a story. Today, I’ll discuss another variation of the three-act structure: the Hollywood Formula. Interesting to know if you like writing, but also if you like to pick apart movies.
Woohoo, I got a “silver honorable mention ” for my short story “Hostages” in last quarter’s Writers of the Future contest.
I’m pretty psyched! It means I’m in the top 50 of a famous writing contest that has thousands of contestants a year.
Now back to the business of more writing.
Have you ever seen an alien? Neither have I, or anybody else, as far as we know. That is actually quite strange, statistically speaking. This apparent paradox is known as the Fermi Paradox. It’s a very important paradox for science fiction, so I’m going to ramble about it a bit.
When a writer does not add enough context to a conversation we call that ‘talking heads’. Usually, when there is a conversation in a movie or a book, there’s more going on than just the dialog. Actors are showing emotions, or lack of them, and say their lines just so. Characters in book frown, laugh, and fret as they talk. If this information is missing, you have the talking heads. This week, I’ll take a look at this writing smell.
He has a license to kill, is smooth as only the British can be, and he drinks his Wodka-Martini shaken, not stirred. It’s Bond, James Bond. Spectre is the 24th Bond movie, and not only the latest, but also the most expensive one, with a budget going toward 300 million dollars. Question is, what did all that money buy?