Wednesdays are 826 Valencia days, and that puts me in a good mood. 826 is named for the address of the tutoring center, and it has a pirate store in the front of it. At the pirate store you can buy anything from eye patches to spyglasses to lard to a map of Davey Jones’ Locker. Also, if you stand in the wrong place, you get ‘mopped.’ This means: there’s a box on the ceiling, and there are about a dozen stringy mop heads in there. If you stand under the box, the person behind the counter pulls a string, a trap door swings open, and all the mop heads fall on top of you. This tends to scare the heck out of some people.
Script Frenzy is part of the National Novel Month Movement — 100 pages in 30 days is the challenge. Wow! In any case, Chris Baty asked me to write a craft essay for writers, and what I came up with was “The Dreaded Middle.”
… It’s no coincidence that the Doldrums appear in the middle surface of the earth, that my childhood Doldrum mood occurred during the middle of the day, and that perhaps you find your story to be in the Narrative Doldrums in the middle of your screenplay. No movement, no wind, no forward motion.
Okay, so what can we do to get our story out of the Doldrums? Tell you what: I don’t have the only solution, but I have one solution that has worked for me. And it is… http://2012.scriptfrenzy.org/node/4030097