June 25th, 2013


Write-a-thon progress report 2

Another page and a bit of screenplay today. I'd hoped to finish off Act Two today, but it's been a more hectic day today than I expected.

Most writers are very familiar with Chekhov's dictum that if a gun appears on the mantelpiece in Act One, it must be fired in Act Three. I think I may have discovered a related rule: if your characters order Chinese food at the beginning of a scene, they must open fortune cookies at the end. Writing convincing fortune cookie text is harder than it looks.

Remember, if you'd like to support Clarion West, you can make a donation at my Write-a-thon page here: http://www.clarionwest.org/writeathon/wendyashaffer