Post by Drizzt Do'Urden on Jan 12, 2005 21:41:48 GMT -5
And I'd have to use all the money that all of my relatives (combined) own, 'cause I only have three models...
Spirit. In every language in all the world, in every time and place, the word has a ring of strength and determination. It is the hero's strength, the mother's resilience, and the poor man's armour. It cannot be broken, and it cannot be taken away. -Drizzt Do'Urden
True script format isn't that bad. But most people's "script format" is more what fanfiction.net would call chat format...where it's just
Stone: Right, we're all going to play Trivial Pursuit, and we're going to BEHAVE. Matt: Just so long as I don't get stuck with the- *everyone else grabs pieces* Matt: -pink one. Dude, that's totally not fair. I am SO not using the pink one!
You should always have some idea where a story is going, even if the characters don't.
If you're going to start in the middle of something and not tell the readers what's going on for a while, that can work IF you don't take too long and don't make it obvious that you're starting that way because you can't think of what to do. Flinging viewers into the action can be either really cool or really argh.
Most of the time it strikes me as argh, so I've avoided doing it myself.
I've seen it done well a few times, and horribly a lot of times. If it's done well I can really like it, otherwise I go augh. What're you planning?
Though killing someone off early on usually doesn't work as well, in my opinion, since it's too often used as a way to shock the readers that falls flat-like the throw into doomy battle, that usually just results in "...what?", or "oh, come on, that's got to be a dream". You can blame TV for that one, it does it too...
Generally I advise againdst it; too often it comes off as generally knee-jerk or gratuitious, as ifd the only way to get attention is to kill somone off. This is especially true of very popular or upopular chracters - in the latter case, its easy to interpitate it as authour venting ("I'm gonna kill x off 'coz I don't like 'em")