Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IWSG- Wednesday! And #UtopiaLove 2016

Hello there! I hope you've had a wonderful summer. I took the hot months off to regroup and redirect, and I'm feeling all the more fresh because of it.

I am so happy to be back in time for the Insecure Writers Support Group post. It's every first Wednesday of the month. Big thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and the crew for creating it and keeping it going, and a special thanks to Alex for reminding me what an awesome community it is.

This post is also a part of a blog hop promoting the super-fantastic-astounding Utopia Conference. #Utopia2016  .... and here's my short video contribution on what Utopia did for me this summer:

Utopia 2016 has a Go Fund Me page because it just keeps getting bigger and better and of course, money is needed for that, so here is the page should you feel so inclined, and there are some fantastic prizes!! Here's the RAFFLECOPTER link for the raffle.

If you've been wondering about attending a con, I can't recommend this one enough. It's not only a gathering of like-minded peeps, but we've all become a family who really care about each other. "Lift as you climb," is Utopia's motto.

Click HERE to get to the page and learn more.

As for my IWSG blog post today, I thought I'd do more of an introduction into what I'll be focusing on over the next few months, and I welcome your feedback. When I think about what matters most to me in blogging content, it's stories. I adore them. Brilliant storytelling, strong writing, riveting characters ... all of it.

So every first Wednesday of the month, for IWSG, I will break down a movie into beats. Not just any movie--but one with clever storytelling. I'm choosing to do movies instead of books because, quite simply, it's faster. Movies give us the gist of a great story while developing all the important elements. I'll be focusing on structural beats a la Save the Cat methods. I've found it's an excellent way to understand storytelling from master storytellers, and it reflects in our own storytelling when it comes time to write.

Next month, I'll do Shawshank Redemption. If you have a movie you'd like me to do, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll add it to my list. Again, I'm focusing on movies that leave you with that brilliant story hangover.

What say you? Ever break down movies into beats? Any movie you'd like to see broken down? Has a conference ever inspired you to do something? 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad the con inspired you to finish that story.
Breaking down a movie with the Save the Cat beats - that sounds like a great idea!
Glad to have you back, PK.

Natalie Aguirre said...

That sounds like a great idea to break movies down. I think it'll help us all see how to plot out our own stories better.

SA Larsenッ said...

Gosh, hearing this makes me wonder if I'll ever get to a conference. Sucks living in the boonies. I love your regular movie beat idea. I've actually done that for a few, to help navigate myself while developing a story.

Karen Walker said...

Welcome back, Pk. Cool idea bout the movies. Can't wait to see what you do.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love conferences. Glad Utopia helped you. You've picked one of my all time favorite movies as your first example. I look forward to it.
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Norma Beishir said...

I think doing it with movies is a great idea!

Elephant's Child said...

Glad to hear your break left you refreshed, refocused and rejuvenated.

William Kendall said...

Good to see you back!

spajonas said...

Yay! UtopYA 2015 was so great. I'm really looking forward to Utopia 2016 now :)

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"Nightcrawlers" the movie... didn't get much attention but the script was nominated for Academy Award... carefully written without a wasted word... plot, characterization, dialog... it's all there... central character defined by a chilling flat affect (voice?)...

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