If you like story narrative, this piece of paper says it all.
That is the process of a story. Any good story would likely have this. At least life is easier with a narrative structure.
For my coming Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, I was struggling with writing. The problem was I had heaps of problems for the character and I couldn’t see how to reason them towards a goal.
By organising the problems as obstacles, that sit under one major goal, I could simplify the story.
It also allows for character development. People love character development. Through the experiences of life a character should change. Focusing that change in relation to the problem/goal helps the narrative. Give it drive by making it important to the character, hopefully a likeable and realistic character.
Sure. This doesn’t sound funny. That’s because this is all just a framework for the humour to sit on, and give it pathos. That’s important in any writing.
To start 2018 I got to the final of a stand-up comedy competition in Manchester, England, applauded by 250 people. Then a spot with success in Iceland. Back to Australia for some sold out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I then produced a couple of Women of Wit all female comedian shows with great success. Then the Bendigo Comedy Festival and Movember Fundraiser. Plus rebooting the Bendigo Standard which now approaches 1000 followers. I also have two books at the printers.
There was also a failed attempt at a relationship, and further romance incompetence. Some nights and mornings crying from loneliness. I avoided my birthday due to the scrutiny and pain it brings. Plus employment rejections, study stress, trouble with work colleagues, and verbal attacks from friends resulting in more isolation.
I also saw BMX Bandits on the big screen. So swings and roundabouts… meaning I like swings but roundabouts make me giddy.
Happy 2019 everyone.