My sickness got to me. I decided to take yesterday off and let my mind do nothing. No writing, no thinking about writing or characters, just a day for a brain drain. So instead I did a little binge of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and saw a couple movies – Edge of Tomorrow I thought was pretty good, but the new Transformers, nope. Anyways I didn’t think my first break would come until the end of this week, but alas it did and today was all about getting back to it.

My skeleton got immensely longer. I have a few more scenes to forecast, but all in all I’m enjoying the direction this thing is taking. Judging by what I have planned as of now, it looks like the script is going to be on the shorter side of feature length. If I had to guess I’d say around 80ish pages, but then again much can change.

Let’s get down to business, the scenes I outlined:

  • Car (driving)
  • Gas Station
  • Bar
  • Bartender’s Apartment
  • Fair
  • Bar (across the street)
  • Fair
  • Bar (across the street)
  • Car (driving)
  • Car (later, driving)
  • Motel

You may notice by now the continuous appearances of Bars and Motels. There is a point to the use of these simplistic locations. Throughout the story I want you to feel like you are bouncing around between bar and motel room, from dive to grunge. This mirrors the life the Son knew throughout his childhood, perhaps showing what in life may never change.

Normally I’m not the biggest fan of bringing a special character into my scripts so late in the game, but the Bartender is my exception. But her character is two-fold in that there’s her and then there’s her son. She is going to shed some light on the Son’s personal life, while her son sheds some light on his past life. Her son more than herself will become the exploding point for the Son (I should really just figure out names for people soon).

The second “Bar (across the street)” will be the snapping point, where the Son goes off the rails. The next two car scenes will be the immediate result of that and show a tremendous change in our main character. Here he becomes his own mind view of his father.

Speaking of the Father/Son relationship, the “Gas Station” scene will be the first time we see a slight change in their dynamic. A small crack in the Son’s facade causing a twitch in the Father’s persona. Then I have their relationship snowballing, but not towards reconciliation, more of a destruction.

I’m hoping to finish my skeleton tomorrow and find my names so I can begin writing soon. I am terrible with titles, no telling when I’ll think of one for this story. When it comes to me it comes to me.

Until then.

– TAB

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