And I have sometimes wondered if it wouldn't make better sense to teach budding playwrights, instead of the usual Dramatic Technique, two rules grounded in human nature: if you wish to attract the audience's attention, be violent; if you wish to hold it, be violent again. It is true that bad plays are founded on such principles, but it is not true that good plays are written by defying them.
--Eric Bentley, The Life of the Drama (1964)
That is absolutely true. And by violence, he does not mean merely physical violence.
Progress notes for 6 May 2006:
New Words: 2329
Total Words: (actual wordcount / manuscript) 25,539 / 29,000
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 856
Reason for stopping: Quota and then some, end of scene, Doctor Who! Also, hello starvation.
25,539 / 100,000
116 / 400
The book is cooperating. And while I am not convinced that it is a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, I do not hate it. Nor am I struggling to decide what happens next; actually, it gave me the next five scenes today, so I even have a short, transient outline. That's a nice secure feeling.
Frankly, that alone is enough to make my week.
Stimulants: NB: The offensive properties of goldwasser may be countered by turning it into a mojito, which I did because I did not have the stuff for a mint julep. Also, went for sushi with ladegard. They had white tuna today. I am a happy bear.
Exercise: none. Was going to walk, but it was rainy and I was a slug.
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Mean Things: Confuzzled a cop.
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress: Wendy Moore, The Knife Man;
Interesting tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: Critiqued four chapters for truepenny. Who, amazingly, still talks to me after these conversations.