Filter by Custom Post Type How do screenwriters use index cards? They are a great way for visualizing story, and they are non-linear, so they can be moved and shuffled easily. Plus they come in different colors, which can be a big help with organization. When using index cards for outlining, some writers get detailed with their cards, making one for each scene.
Monday, March 01, The Index Card Method and Structure Grid All right, now you should have had enough time to watch at least one movie and note the sequences.
Do you start to see how that works? I have no idea how I would write without it. Get yourself a pack of index cards. You can also use Post-Its, and the truly OCD among us use colored Post-Its to identify various subplots by color, but I find having to make those kinds of decisions just fritzes my brain.
Everyone has their own method - experiment and find what works best for you. Now, get a corkboard or a sheet of cardboard - or even butcher paper - big enough to lay out your index cards in either four vertical columns of cards, or eight vertical columns of cards, depending on whether you want to see your story laid out in four acts or eight sequences.
Write Act One at the top of the first column, Act Two: Then write a card saying Act One Climax and pin it at the bottom of column one, Midpoint Climax at the bottom of column two, Act Two Climax at the bottom of column three, and Climax at the very end.
If you already know what those scenes are, then write a short description of them on the appropriate cards. These are scenes that you know you MUST have in your story, in those places - whether or not you know what they are right now.
And now also label the beginning and end of where eight sequences will go.
Here is a photo of the grid on a white board - with sticky Post Its as index cards: And my friend, the wonderful author Diane Chamberlain, has some great illustrative pictures of the grid on her blog.
So you have your structure grid in front of you. What you will start to do now is brainstorm scenes, and that you do with the index cards. A movie has about 40 to 60 scenes a drama more like 40, an action movie more like 60so every scene goes on one card.
This is the fun part, like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. All you do at first is write down all the scenes you know about your movie, one scene per card. You can always move them around. And just like with a puzzle, once you have some scenes in place, you will naturally start to build other scenes around them.
I love the cards because they are such an overview. You can stick a bunch of vaguely related scenes together in a clump, rearrange one or two, and suddenly see a perfect progression of an entire sequence.
You will find it is often shockingly fast and simple to structure a whole story this way. And this eight-sequence structure translates easily to novels. But an average book these days is between and pages, and since the recession, publishers are actually asking their authors to keep their books on the short side, to save production costs, so why not shoot for that to begin with?
I write books of about - pages print pagesand I find my sequences are about 50 pages, getting shorter as I near the end. But I might also have three sequences of around 30 pages in an act that is pages long. You have more leeway in a novel, but the structure remains pretty much the same.
No matter how you create a story yourself, chances are it will organically follow this flow.
Think of the human body: And structure is the foundation of a story.10 hints for index cards. I’m outlining a project right now, and thought it would be a good time to review best practices for index cards. Keep it short. Maximum seven words per card.
A card represents a story point, be it a scene or a sequence.
You don’t need a card for every little thing. Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, , to March 20, It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, the New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, race, relationships.
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