One post sticks in my mind, A Writer's Toolbox.
Conflict is my hammer drill in the world of prose. A hammer drill is like a piston that twists with every beat as it pounds into the wall.
Conflict is like that.
Every page of your MS requires tension whether subtle or the whiz-bang kind. All need that twist at the end of the stroke as well.
Look for examples of conflict around you. For me, it is analyzing TV shows.
like enjoy worship Justified,
about Kentucky US marshal Raylan Givens. The cinematic artistry is jaw dropping
great. There are no blatant caricatures. I’ve worked with people like the ones portrayed on this program. Shoot,
I’ve even guarded them.
The screenwriters sprinkle conflict throughout this hour-long show.
One episode begins with Raylan appearing at a murder site, the house where his surrogate mother has died. The scene when had learned of her death isn’t shown. The writers left that up to the viewer’s imagination.
He walks slowly up the sidewalk his mouth hard. But other than the set look of his face, doesn’t display much emotion. The first glimpse of his inner turmoil comes when Raylan confronts the law officer in charge who obviously thinks he will go off. Visibly, Raylan stops himself from making a scene with the officer and instead asks about his father. He learns that his dad is upstairs picking out a funeral dress.
At the end of this episode, Raylan is pointing a gun at the killer and for the first time displays grief at the loss of the one who raised him. His voice breaks. He swallows and turns away. Curses. Memories stop Raylan from killing the murderer.
Tension floods these scenes. Little twists hit this viewer like a hammer drill.
Okay. Long post. Let me summarize:
Is there a TV show, movie, or book that you can analyze? Examples please.
Btw, the third season of Justified begins this Tuesday, January 17th.