We've talked about formulas before, but mostly in the context of escaping formulas and reinventing them.
NOW however we're talking about using existing formulas to create a story, or creating new formulas and sticking to them to come up with your stories.
Formulas can be a good tool to write with, along with their close sibling “the trope” they take elements that are proven to work and stick them on a solid framework for you to more easily create your story around. All you need to do is plug in your characters and situation and see how it all fits. Formulas are comfortable for people and make it easier for a writer to structure their story faster AND in a way they know should appeal to people.
Enjoy Gunwallace's lovely theme for Rismo!
Topics and shownotes
No Future Vanish in Time - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/No_Future_Vanish_in_Time/
CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOPIC:
Getting the formulas RIGHT - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2015/jul/16/exploring-new-comic-book-stores/
Documentary on the slasher formula:
- Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Movie - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489062/
- Youtube link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsStQ7yKdI4
Police drama - angry captain, partner cops etc.
Procedural crime scene show
PG wodehouse - farce
Modern ghost house story
Office comedy/dysfunctional workplace
School based manga
The Master plan
Special thanks to:
Gallium Gunwallace, elemental music - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Boron Banes, Covalent-co-host - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Rizmo - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Rizmo/ by Jobo rated E.