Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A day of errands...

+ a trip to the gym meant no real work accomplished, at least not on the ms *sigh*. But I have to accept these things happen. I'm lucky to get as much time as I do to work. Of course, if it weren't for wanting to watch Crossing Jordan tonight, I could maybe do something, but CJ is one of my fave shows and as currently our system to tape shows is quite complicated, I just watch them in real time. Only Sean knows the secret of recording a show right now. In the new house, things will be different.

Speaking of tv shows, one thing I've learned from watching Deadwood (we're 2/3 through Season 2 now) is how to create great secondary and supporting characters. None of the ones I've seen in the show are what you'd call "throw-aways". Sure, there are walk-on parts, but pretty much anyone who speaks more than a few lines gradually has their character fleshed out enough that you feel they're real. Something very important for a writer to keep in mind.

The CJ writers are good for this too. Take the new coroner, for instance. When she first arrived everyone hated her, yet gradually over the last few shows, the writers have added new details about her - ones that make us question our first impression. Yet it's all done realistically - it's not like she has suddenly transformed.

A way to justify the time I spend watching tv? Maybe *g*. But I stick by my original contention - sometimes writers can learn from paying close attention to the characterization on the shows we love to watch. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...*g*

As for Sean, well, one gone and one to go. Fingers crossed! Thanks for the sympathy and extra good thoughts!!


Currently Reading: Dark Angels by Karleen Koen
Link of the Day: Elisabeth Fairchild on "incorporating historical elements into your story to make it true to the period"


Annette said...

I think watching TV or movies can be excellent fodder for the creative mind. Good shows truly understand the importance of characterization and conflict.

I'm guilty of spending time on that pursuit myself, but I rationalize it by keeping a notepad handy as I watch and occasionally jotting down a note, LOL!

Jen Holling said...

That's what I tell myself Tess! Surely all of the Lost, House, Scrubs and Shark that I watch have some kind of artistic benefit, right? (o: It has to!

Kelly said...

I get lots of idea from TV and I find you can get great character and story building tips from a show that's well done. And that is how I justify my nightly ritual of plopping butt down in front of TV.

Melissa Marsh said...

I love to watch movies and gain new insight into the writing craft. I don't think it's time wasted at all!

Nienke Hinton said...

It all counts! I find analyzing tv or movies is a lot quicker and easier than analyzing books.
Have a great weekend Tess, and a Happy St. Patty's day!