Colorful Clothing

I don’t feel like wearing all of these colors.  I am wrapped in various shades of festival blue and red-grape purple. Robert McKee, in his iconic book on screenwriting, STORY, suggests that any scene worth keeping in your script need be positively or negatively charged in an emotional sense.  That is, if your character starts down, she should be at least moved a bit up (a positive charge).  If she is riding high, she should be moved down (negative).  Both positive and negative charging is generated by your character’s actions in classically plotted storytelling.  Character has a need.  Character does something to fulfill need.  That action has either positive or negative consequences.

I’ve been, of course, trending negative due to my dad.  As the protagonist in this story, I have decided to act.  I am wearing festival blue and red-grape purple in hopes of creating some kind of positive charge, even though I seriously look like a clown.

Outside, the sky is ice-shitting snow and the wind is gusting to 60 miles per hour.

Good times.


2 Responses to “Colorful Clothing”

  1. 1 smashstcloudstate October 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Dear Herbach:

    You are so not a mess in these fine clothes!

    Your friend,

    Steph Ash

  2. 2 Geoff Herbach October 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks, Stephanie. You know I only want to wear black. The colors did help, though. Mr. Greenjeans was no dumbie.

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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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