Wednesday, May 13, 2009

That "Once Upon A Time" Moment #2

A funny thing happened today.

I was at lunch, mulling over the plans and outline I'd sketched out for Tec when someone came up and hit me over the back of the head. And I realised that I had THREE (count them 1 ... 2 ... 3) coincidences in the set-up for the first episode.


Luckily the handling for it was quite simple, make them conscious decisions (based on previous activities not seen in the show) on the part of the protagonist. Then suddenly they aren't coincidences any more.

It isn't a coincidence that Mara (the protag) gets a job with a detective - she's already got it planned and applied for the job before she's out of prison. Entirely reasonable. It also means I can probably dump a character - namely her parole officer who was going to provide the links for the coincidences.

There's still one coincidence but one is allowed to get the party started, and even that is mitigated by the protagonist being more causative. (The protags real name is "Tammy" [not even "Tamara"] because her mother loved "Tammy Wynette" - she hates it, of course, so calls herself "Mara".)

Anyway the upshot of this revelation was that I became fired up, on the walk home, with the characters coalescing in my head (finally realised who the real antagonist is) and the time had come for that "Once Upon a Time" moment, otherwise known as the Linehan Poo.

I have written 6 pages this evening (10% of the script), and I like 'em.

What's on the turntable? "Heads We're Dancing" by Kate Bush from "Sensual World"