In this episode, Nora starts brainstorming some details to plan her story and confesses that wearing headbands makes her feel “elevated,” a feeling she shares with her protagonist.
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Season 7, Episode 3: Nora’s Foolscap Continued
This week we brainstorm and work through some ideas in Nora’s story plotting—playing with the idea of time travel in different eras. There might be a climax that takes place in the kitchen at Hampton Court Palace!
Nora’s story planning so far:
Nora’s decided she’s writing an action story with time and space travel. Her main character (as yet unnamed) is a space fanatic and is reading a book about the moon landing, but her book disappears. She discovered her book has been erased from existence and that Martians have gone back in time to prevent the moon landing from ever happening because humans are planning to travel to Mars and are getting too close to being successful.
Here’s her Foolscap so far:
External genre: Action
External value at stake: Life and Death
Internal genre: Disillusionment
Internal value at stake: TBD
Point of View: Third person limited (will stay in head of main character)
Objects of desire: Wants her book back; want life to be exciting; wants space travel to work
Controlling idea/theme: Humans mess stuff up (tentative)
Inciting Incident: Protagonist’s book on the moon landing disappears.
Complication: It’s been erased from existence because Martians have traveled back in time to erase the moon landing
Crisis: Prog must decide whether to help against Martians
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