Way back in the euphoria of typing “the end” to the ms for WALL3, Michelle asked me to contribute specifically on “Finding Adventure in Fantasy” and (under the influence of said euphoria) I said “yes.”
And in fact it was fun—and even more fun that Rebecca Fisher, who brings you Big Worlds On Small Screens (right here on “…Anything, Really”!) every second Wednesday, is also one of the featured writers and has posted on “Writing Imaginatively Under Constraint.”
Here’s a lead-in to my post, “Finding Adventure in Fantasy”:
“My writing style is primarily intuitive, with stories springing from an initial ‘flash’ of an idea, before evolving. So in terms of ‘finding’ adventure (or any other element) in Fantasy, I agree with Ursula Le Guin that: “The world’s full of stories, you just reach out” (Steering The Craft). But I believe we also reach out for the kind of stories that ‘speak’ to us most profoundly. In my case this will probably always include adventurous stories, because I love them.
And here’s Rebecca’s intro on “Writing Imaginatively Under Constraint”:
“It’s an odd contradiction when you think about it: that writers for television have the luxury of more time than the average film to tell their stories (anything from ten to twenty-two episodes per season) but also less, what with the requirements of the weekly forty-five minute time-frame. Yet writers have long-since learnt to take advantage of television programming’s unique format. In melding the visual flair of films with the episodic structure of chapters in a book, television can offer complex plots that demand close attention and regular attendance from viewers.
So what are you waiting for, go check out: