The Old New Script

Recently I reviewed my script I wrote for a fantasy TV show. Now that I have some lessons under my belt on writing better, I decided to look at the main character  (MC) and see what I thought.

The MC: the new, resourceful and cocky lawman in town who aims stop supernatural crimes, and not take anyone’s BS.

This is an ensemble story, he really shapes the pilot and how we see the world.

The second MC: Talented, aristocratic snot whose family pays a steep price for his escapades, and he must now stay obedient in order to prevent them from even more hostility.

Third MC: Insufferable, unorthodox  know-it-all who loves his secrets, and his authority unquestioned.

The fourth MC: Confident, bold, and witty librarian who would rather spend time out in the field rather than with old books.

I had other characters that appear, but I wanted the identify the “primary” four who I could describe into a sentence or two.

I did have one antagonist.  I was trying to figure out how to described him.

Antagonist 1: Brilliant chemist with a sadistic streak, and great contempt for the wealthy.

This is what I’m revising. Happy to look at it again, and at least get a handhold on the characters.

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More Character Development

Hurricane Irma really put some worry in the past few days, and it also gave me time to contemplate where I’m going at with my idea.  I thought a lot about the genre (science-fiction) and how this impacted the world I created.  I thought of some antagonists for the hero outside of his family and friends.

As always, I want to keep them down to two sentences, and haven’t named them.  I’m keeping them to four at the moment, as it will be easy to manage in my head, and on paper.  for abbreviation they are A 1- 4

A #1 is a spiritual leader who is looking to get Mom in her flock and, thus have influence over Mom and second son.  Cannot strike the ideal balance between controlling ways and spiritual guidance.

A #2: Is a businessman who loves to win, dominate, and destroy any competition that dares reveal itself to him. Cannot rest while Second Son holds more power, respect, and influence than him and he has no way to unseat the Second Son.

A #3 is a politician who has a city that is suffering in resources, and has made the decision to do whatever it takes to have what his city needs to survive.

A #4: Is a resourceful journalist who wants to know everything for her stories on powerful people. She’s know for her unflinching focus on the truth, decisive and candid questions, and her tenacity.

My goal is to see how these characters play out in the series.  I hope to have more thoughts on them, as I flesh them out over time. Also I realize them being antagonists doesn’t mean they are 100% evil. They have conflict with the MC.

Happy creative endeavors.

 

 

Chaos Party

So now that I have my characters, I have been brainstorming episode ideas that I hope will help me expand  into more ideas. I said I wanted ten, but pushing for twenty. My notebook is filled with ideas.  For grins and giggles, I’m posting five of them below.

I want to name the characters, but the generic names kinda helped me not get too attached in an odd sort of way.

These are really raw ideas, and I need to ask more direct/specific questions of the ideas in order to find some tangible answers to the problems.

  • Second Son (MC) has meetings with future self. If this an elaborate deception, hallucination, or does future self have hidden agenda?
  • Mom is having relationship with ex-husband, and MC’s ex-friend.  She loves neither of them, and goes to great lengths to keep this info from both of her sons, and both of her partners from discovering they aren’t her one and only. She is also plagued with managing a staff that she’s distracted from keeping in line.
  • Mom is worried about MC’s stability as people make demands of his time and efforts, so she takes control of his appointments, and people are forced to deal with her.
  • Ex-GF shows up, and she won’t be denied the opportunity to see MC. Even thought she made a mess of their relationship, she feels attached to him, and hates that she can’t break things off completely.  MC has great disdain for her and Ex-Friend, and doesn’t want a thing to do with her, but is stuck in her orbit.
  • MC has a meeting with important political, religious, and social groups that are hell-bent on him catering to their desires, however, he has to figure out how to resolve all demands on his terms, or face being under people’s thumbs.

Sons of the Tigress

Yesterday I was so energized by working on the Mom character for the story, I put more thought into her sons.  So far, I have two children and an ex-husband to develop.  As per yesterday’s post, Mom is a tigress in a business suit. She thought she lost her second son, whom she mistreated, and if she had a second chance, she’d be a better mom to him.

So first son: He’s a rockstar on a beer budget.  My thought of the character was, really, that’s his best. That’s who he is though.  He is charismatic, and narcissistic.  Now that his brother’s returned, he’s more than a little bit peeved that the attention is not solely on him.

The second son is a man of many hats and consummate actor. He has to be. He’s gone from being a nobody to the most influential man in the world. This has placed him in an awkward position as he is used to being questioned/doubted, as well as dysfunctional.

He struggles heavily with people who are more than happy to drop their problems at his feet to solve to their satisfaction.

BONUS CHARACTER: Dad.  Can’t leave him out.  He abandoned his wife and kids after Mom gave birth to the second son.  He’s an enigmatic fine wine. He’s rich in flavor and strength, but he’s always out of reach for those who truly need them.

Dad’s a natural charmer, and can be attentive, considerate, and generous, when it suits him to be. When he cuts you off though, you feel it, and it is a cruel cut.

Now this gotta marinate on my brain some.  LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

Tigress in a Business Suit

 

That’s how I describe my character from a simple idea in yesterday’s post.  She came from a joke I made about a mom who sabotages her son. It was a raw idea that marinated overnight.

I figured mom is angry at her husband- who abandoned her after she had their second child, and this son looks exactly like him.  She took out her frustrations on him– Inadvertently or not.

Later in life she thinks she loses him, and then feels guilty that she truly messed up his life, and hers. If she got a second chance, she would be a better person and a mother. She gets her chance, and she does as promised.

I like this character more and more. She fits nicely into a story I wrote down and created a mom, but had no clue who she was and what she wanted/needed.  She’s only one character, so I have a lot of work to do, For the record there are two siblings, and the dad in the story.  Perhaps they will become clearer to me.

That, and I need more off hand jokes to marinate on.  LOL

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Five More Pages

Flower

Flower Photo by S. Raynard Haynes

Fortunately,the scene in my head I jotted in my Notes app, got  me inspired to flesh it out more. So it looks a lot more like it belongs in this story. It is a scene a little future from where I am, so it skips ahead, which is fine. It means more pages and I have to fill that gap between them. 

Never mind I can “hear” the follow up scene to this scene.  I say “hear” because I sometimes hear a character’s voice before I see the scene.  Sometimes the scene comes first as a visual. It happens, and I go with that moment.  

At the moment, trying to get myself together, and my allergies feel now is the time to mess with me, but they can’t stop me. 

Happy creative endeavors. 

Late Last Night 

Late last night I found myself writing and being frustrated by two characters in the same scene, whose name inadvertently rhymed.  The solution was simple, one of them got a name change.  I remember trying to ignore the rhyming name.  I said to myself that it was fine, and didn’t matter. Of course, looking back, I should have changed it when I first saw it. Reading back the scene had me conflating their names.  

Happy creative endeavors.