Scenario Building For Fun & For Profit

by Shelton Bumgarner

I have thought up scenarios my entire life and writing a novel uses the same part of my brain. One thing that has happened to my scenario in just the last few days is I’ve realized that it’s not dark or serious enough.

As such, I’ve effectively started from scratch — AGAIN — but in the context of a massive amount of development having already been done. The main thing I’ve changed is the nature of my Heros. The story is a lot more serious and a lot less full of sex used for comical ends.

I have finally managed to rewrite the first scene and I think pretty soon I’ll be able to reuse a lot of scenes I’ve already written. That will speed up the process considerably.

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Some thoughts.

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By Shelton Bumgarner

I’m at the inciting incident, folks.

At just under 15,000 words, first draft, I’m about to get into the meat and potatoes of the first act.

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Fortysomething — Watch Me Suggest Charlize Theron Go Out With Me

by Shelton Bumgarner

This is dumb, but she is “shockingly single.”

A Long Shot — Let’s Go On A Date, Charlize Theron

by Shelton Bumgarner

Given how the drop-dead gorgeous (and for me age appropriate!) Charlize Theron is doing press for The Long Shot and saying she’s “shockingly single,” I’m going to call her bluff and ask her out.

I propose she and I go on one (1) date here in Richmond, Va for the following reasons.

  1. We’re peers. — We’re both in our 40s.
  2. What better way to promote her movie The Long Shot, but by doing something completely implausible like this?
  3. I think she’s hot.
  4. I give great “mind.”
  5. I can show her around what few cool places there are around Richmond.
  6. I’m writing a novel she might be interested in producing into a movie if I ever finish it.

That last one is key. The novel I’m writing is going really well so far, even as a first draft. I can think of at least one character in the novel she could play if it were ever turned into a movie.

So, baby, have your people call my people (that would be me.)

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer living in Richmond. His email address is migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

Of Keeping Things Tight Structurally #Writing #Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner

I can’t figure out if I’m a perfectionist to a self-defeating degree when it comes to this novel or if I’m a very flawed, very tragic genius. Regardless, I’m trying to keep the first “part” of this novel down to 20 scenes, which will leave me 30 scenes for the second half of the first act.

I feel as thought being a strict when it comes to structure scene-wise will help me keep some discipline and make for a better story in the end. This slows the process down a great deal, however because I do all this writing then realize my scene count is all out of whack.

But I’ve successfully cut my first part down to 20 scenes again, leaving me a solid 30 scenes to use before I hit the second act. I really want election day to be a major event in the first act to kind of give the more clued-in people a reminder of what this story is really about.

This story is about MAGA on the right and identity politics on the left.

At least, that’s one of the about half a dozen layers to this story.

It’s subtext, if you will.

Anyway, I’m very obsessed at this point.

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