Dare I say it?
Maya has slept through the night for (count ’em!) THREE nights in a row after months upon months of waking up repeatedly throughout the night. My energy level has increased three-fold, which in turn has already trickled a stream of ideas into my empty well of creativity. It’s a relief to feel that spark after living for a month or two with an infertile mind. I was beginning to wonder if the sleepless nights induced a permanent drought.
Yesterday, during my lunch-hour walk, I unloaded my movie reel and started watching the film in my head. I immediately eliminated my first scene and questioned my second. I thought about my protagonist’s primary goal- the main story. I realized a subplot was taking center stage and I had some tough decisions to make.
The original primary goal should (properly driven) take the film in an action/adventure direction. If I change things up and make the subplot the primary goal, my final product is a romantic comedy. Thirty + random scenes I have already written flow in the latter vein, as do the personalities of my supporting cast, so….
The entire idea for the film sprang from a “what-if” scenario tucked into the subplot. It’s my darling and it’s what inspires me, so I think I’d best do some brainstorming to see what other courses of action I can take to make this work. I want my protagonist’s current primary goal to be a subplot instead. I have my work cut out for me.
Maybe it’s a good thing Maya’s sitter is unavailable today. I can hang out with the little miss for a while and then during her long afternoon nap (fingers crossed!) I can scramble up ideas and get this sucker back into gear.
Here we go…