Contest!!! One lucky commenting Bella wins a copy of Dr. Linda Seger's "Creating Unforgettable Characters," courtesy of Sara!
When I first saw Sara Dennis' avatar here at RBtheBlog, I kept trying to place it, thinking I'd seen the face in a vintage film, maybe with Deanna Durbin or Judy Garland. Then I found out, woah, the photo is Sara Dennis, and she really digs the whole Max Factor glamour of back in the day.
Sara's an Avon FanLit Grand Prize winner of a screenwriting deal, and she'll tell us more about that today. Please, Bellas, an enthusiastic buongiorno to a Bella we've seen before...
Telling a story with a good beginning, middle and end is tough in any medium. That only gets harder with word count or length limits.
It certainly made a difference in the sort of stories I told in my entries for Avon FanLit's recent contest. With a maximum 1500 character limit (counting spaces!), it became crucial to decide which details could stay and which had to go. What sort of plot element was interesting enough to hold a reader's attention and interest and avoid the dreaded skip, and still squeak under the limit once the required twists and character constraints were added?
Fortunately for me, I found the magic formula that caught the attention of the editorial panel. There's no question that figuring out how to put a whole story in a relatively rigid framework played into the decision to award me a development deal with Fox TV.
Writing for television requires the ability to not only tell season-long story arcs, but to write complete mini-stories in each episode, either 30 or 60 minutes long. When you consider that one page of text is more or less equivalent to a minute of screen time, that's not a lot of space to work with.
And yet there are fantastic television shows being written and produced that have fully-developed characters, engaging dialogue and satisfying plots.
And, to keep up with the HOT and sort-of WET theme of Romance By The Blog, here are some of favorite actors in my favorite shows:
Josh Holloway/Sawyer, from Lost:
Masi Oka/Hiro Nakamura, from Heroes:
And last but –certainly- not least, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural. Definitely a reason to start watching if you haven't.
What are your favorite shows? Have you ever dreamed of writing for television or the movies?
One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Dr. Linda Seger's Creating Unforgettable Characters. This is a great book for script OR novel writing!
Encore! Like many authors, Sara Dennis put stories on the page as soon as she knew how to write. She made up epics to pass the time on moves across country and back and spent many hours having adventures. She even got the dogs involved, assigning them roles as sidekicks and foes!
Now she lives in Northern California with her husband, cats and horses, dreaming up heroes and heroines who can (and do!) overcome impossible odds.
Read Sara's Avon FanLit entries blog, too!