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Survivor of Romulus
Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 132
12-05-2012, 01:18 PM
Er. They can and do. That's what makes writing EFFORT and not simply REPORTING. And even good journalism has this tension to it.
good journalism is 100% factual DEEPLY researched and entirely dull
you can spot a Good news report
the reporter is sitting down , indoors ,infront of a WALL , he speaks plainly and without accent
he does not pretend to interview someone , He does not cut away to an idiot stood in the way of a storm or hiding behind a burning car.
He speaks only proven fact and he does not show emotion

Writing is where you take something, you establish it as improbable, and then you make it happen. How successfully you accomplish that is one measure of how well your writing gets judged.
"you canna change the laws of physics"
and you also can't change the curve

Man climbs tree
Man falls out of tree
Man hits ground


Man climbs tree
Tree explodes
Elephants rain down


In ST 2009, they made the original series crew winding up on their familiar places on the Enterprise improbable. Then they made it happen. And maybe didn't do the best job on every technical detail but made it emotionally believable if you turn your brain off.
The USS enterprise contains a brewery
one of the consoles is a supermarket check out on its side
theres a photocopier
the computer can't recognise a russian accent

and no they do not wind up in the right places
where is nurse chapel?
Where is Janice rand
Why is spock a perv??
Why is chekov suddenly "transporter chief"
why is sulu portrayed as incompetent merely to let spock play big boy??
Why is uhura a TART?

Writing, narrative, storytelling... All are about taking an event or an outcome, establishing it as improbable, then doing the work to get to that improbable outcome.
Actually its "the art of the possible"

A story with a probable outcome isn't a story. It's an anecdote.

For example:

- I went to the supermarket and bought peas. Not a story. There is no incident. Nothing improbable happens. Believable. No work required to convince people.
Hmm drama
were they TINNED? Frozen? Fresh? were they on special?
did you have a coupon ??

- I went to the supermarket and bought peas and a shopping cart dented my car on the way out. Story potential. Doesn't require much work. There is an incident. How improbable the chain of events are needs to be played up. Believable but little work required to convince people.

sounds like a job for a claims firm

I went to the supermarket and bought peas and aliens stole them as soon as I left the grocery store. Definitely a story. Requires a lot more work to sell because of its improbability. There is an incident. Something improbable happens. Unbelievable and requires a lot of work.
And number one would make a good movie
Number two a reasonable episode of CSI new york
And Number three a very bad 30 second cartoon
No work to tell the story = no story.

Storytelling IS the act of fighting the curve.
Storytelling is following the curve in an interesting way