This week’s challenge:
Write a scene. It can be any scene, it doesn’t have to be the first scene in your story. But if you’re posting to the Working Group, make it a short one.
Whether or not you’re working along with us in the Working Group, here’s what you want to do:
Is there a chronology to rely on? great. Start with that. If not, put your ideas or bits of tape in an order that builds from individual elements to coherent argument.
Ask yourself questions:
- Why is this scene in the story?
- What do we get from it?
- What does Buffy feel?
- What change does it represent? Remember: Just as stories are about change, and characters are about change, scenes are about change.
Write it, then iterate it. Read it out loud to someone and get feedback. Record it, then listen on your headphones while taking a walk. Rewrite.
Then check it against your hypothesis. Does this scene change what you understand about your story?
Post your scene on the Working Group and get feedback from us.
This week we heard from:
Ira Glass, Glynn Washington, Chana Joffe-Walt, Soren Wheeler, Sean Cole, Joe Richman, Jayson Merryfield, and Sarah Leavitt
Links to stories we talked about
99% Invisible Episode 59: Some Other Sign That People Don’t Totally Regret Life
Teen Contender from Radio Diaries
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gone
Mo’ Better Radio by Ira Glass (Article from 1998. Best part: where the intro says, “By last fall, the show’s weekly cumulative audience had grown to 565,000, according to PRI.” I love that. There was a time when even Ira Glass was just starting out.)
Some of the great interviewing resources shared by members of the Working Group
Interviewers on Interviewing from Hearing Voices
Love Is a Battlefield from Transom.Org
Using Music: Jonathan Menjivar For This American Life
On how I approach strangers in the street by Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton
Next time on Out on the Wire
In our next episode, Episode 7: Dark Forest, we’re wandering deep into the woods. It’s scary, but with a little help we’ll all make it through to the other side.