Still Saving the Cat
So Blake Snyder (Save the Cat ) is feeding my tendency to fiddle-fart around in the guise of "writing" by claiming that the time you spend in Office Depot checking out office supplies to help you outline your script (or novel) is part of the writing process.
Now this should be easy, right? Index cards? (Or if you prefer, spiral.) Check. Grab a rubber band and you're set.
Except you really need to be able to spread them out, look at the story flow, rearrange at will. And that might mean you'd have to find a clear table or pick up the books off the floor, which is when you go to the trusty cork board. (By the way, I just found this nifty thing and boy do I feel out of it -- is it covered with Post-it (tm) stickum, or what?)
So, okay, cards and a board, there ya go, you're ready, right?
Um, no. Because one, that's too easy. And two, I have no wall space in my office. Too many bookcases. Besides, I don't even write in my office. Laptop, comfy chair, wifi -- why would I stay in the office?
Okay, so this broadens the search, and this is what led me to the writer/reader crack also known as Levenger. And can you believe this?
Bleachers! For index cards! Have you seen anything this cute ever?
Two probs. One, these bleachers have six rows, and Snyder (see above) recommends four rows. Two, I'd have to clean off my desk, if I were even sitting at my desk, but we've already been there.
But they are so cute...!
Next? More Levenger-crack. A full-size folio.
Veddy-veddy pretty. Leather, always a plus. But expensive. Yikes!
This is portable which is what I'm really looking for. But only three rows, and doesn't really hold enough cards. And expensive, sigh.
At this point, I'm having too much fun, and need to back up and remind myself what I'm looking for. And since I've done the scene-cards-in-rubberband way, and scene-cards-on-cork-board way, and am looking for a new way... what is it I really want? Okay, something portable. Something I can stash in my bag and take with me. Although honestly I'm not sure why. But it seems right. And this time that's what I'm looking for. Well, look at it this way. Laptop=portable. So I'm thinking to keep everything portable. (Sorry, thinking out loud for a minute there.)
And then I posted about the Moleskine and Cynthia clued me in about the new storyboard Moleskine and --
I ordered it.
This has potential. It's not perfect, but its imperfections are different from the others. It's not that expensive. It's portable. However, you can't use index cards with it, and you lose the portability of index cards unless --
You use 2"x3" Post-Its!
Of course there are no rows. Maybe you can get the "rhythm" going in your head, something like, first eight pages -- Act One. Second eight pages, etc. And use a different color for the last scene card on each "row."
Except -- look what I just did. I could have done this with any moleskine -- any small notebook, for that matter.
This fiddle-farting-before-outlining is HARD WORK.
I haven't come to any conclusions. Using small Post-Its I could actually use any old folio....
I don't know. I have the Moleskine and it's really kind of cool, and I think I'll fool around with this for a while.
I wonder if the goal of this entire exercise is to make me so tired of trying to figure out a "system" that I just start writing the script out of desperation....
Oh yeah, once I get permission, I'll show you what somebody else did with the Snyder system, index cards and a project board!
In related news, I finally found last year's Moleskin and am going to start up the list mentioned in the post I linked to near the beginning of this entry. And I did finish listening to Freddy and Fredericka so that will be my first entry for 2006. Whew!