Excerpt from this awesome post on writing
“Everything good in the world has the potential to show up in your writing, but guess what also lives in your writing? Your self-doubt. Guess what else? Your desire to give up. And what else? Yes, that’s right: Fear. All kinds of fear. Fear cake covered in fear icing served with a glass of fear. And fear is some potent stuff, but it’s not all bad.
Yes, fear can be limiting. It can be what makes you not want to work on that hot-mess-of-a-novel and it can make you not want to talk to that cute red-headed gal who seems to not notice you exist and sometimes fear just makes you not even want to get out of bed.
But if you re-orient yourself to your fear it can be motivating. Let’s say you’re walking down the bucolic streets of Lancaster and an alligator comes out of nowhere and starts chasing you; I’d bet your fear of that alligator’s teeth would be pretty good fuel for running.
But since alligators don’t live in Lancaster and you are a writer and probably not being chased by anything at this moment, your alligator is Not Writing. And you need to run from that alligator. You need to write your alligator into oblivion. Everything else will happen on its own time as long as you keep writing.”
Ways to simplify plot: 1) collapse multiple characters’ functions into a single character; 2) pick ONE emotional thread; 3) explain visually
You simply can’t explain overcomplicated convoluted ideas visually. It’s a fallacy to think the audience will absorb it any better spoken.
They’ll retain visual + experiential ideas better than spoken ones, anyway. Unless you explain your plot in 100% snappy comebacks & 1liners
Way #4 to simplify plot: go blue sky, stop trying to cram the square peg into the round hole. Prioritize and take a different approach.
Have I mentioned how much I appreciate having Pixar story artist Emma Coats on Twitter?