Watching TV is one of my favorite pass times behind sleep, writing, and reading. When I do vegetate in front of the boob tube, I take a lot more than just the plot. I take into account whether my attention is drawn and what/how that is done, the setting, how the characters illustrate their lines, etc. In addition, I consider the topic or subject matter and its relevance to me and society at large. With all this information and detail I use it to help me gauge whether my writing content is competitive, stirring a new direction, or needs to be reworked. Does anyone else use this type if method for their writing? What about television? Does it influence your storylines?
Originally posted on Scribblings:
I should be writing in my so-called spare time. I have a story to edit (yay I completed the 1st draft of my story set in Downtown Vancouver) and fifteen more chapters (or so) to write for my WIP.
But I’m not embarrassed because watching the below shows has actually improved my storytelling skills and since I am a visual learner, emphasized the basics. Things like Plot Structure (every good story has a Beginning, a Middle and an End); Setting; Character Development (personality traits and tics etc) and Pace (cut out the non-essential). It’s got to the point now where I irritate my long-suffering husband with ‘plot predictions’. I say things like “ok so this is the part where we discover they’re actually siblings or if this character is going to develop and stick around for Season 2, something needs to happen to her that will bring her to her knees or question her loyalty…” The funny thing is I am getting really good at predicting plot twists. So good in fact my husband thinks I should write for tv. I think I should just write more.
Here are my favorite TV Shows (in no particular order – I love them all equally but differently):