Chapterhouse

March 11, 2006

The Golden Cat Saves Kinky

Filed under: Pen to Paper,Political Chapter — chapterhouse @ 8:50 am

Whaaaaa? This post contains three different subjects, and the title, The Golden Cat Saves Kinky, ties them all together. Trust me.

First, if you are a writer, whether aspiring or published, whether you write screenplays or novels, you simply must read Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. This book boils it all down to the basics. Snyder is a screenwriter, and his book is for screenwriters. But I am an aspiring novelist, and the basics of storytelling, in whatever medium, still apply.

I'm only on page 47, and I've already learned three extremely important things:

(1) Start (preferably before you've written a word) with a good logline. This is the one-sentence description of what the book (or movie) is about. If you can't come up with a good logline, you don't have a good story yet. Try this with your own work and you'll see the truth of this.

(2) Your title is joined to the logline. It should also say what the book/movie is about. Think about what the title would look like on a book cover, or better yet, on a movie poster. For example, the first title for my work-in-progress was "Paradise Parkway." After coming up with the logline, the title had to be changed. It is now "Gino's Law" with a subtitle, "For Every Action, There's an Overreaction." That title and the subtitle imply all kinds of interesting things, don't they? Way better than "Paradise Parkway."

(3) There I was, thinking I was writing a "Whodunit" or even a "Whydunit," when the story I was really writing belonged in one of ten unique genres listed in Snyder's book: The [story of the] Golden Fleece. The Golden Fleece is all about the quest and how the hero is changed along the way.

Okay, I skipped ahead in the book and read his take on Midpoints. Snyder says that the story's Midpoint is just as important as the First and Second Turning Points. This helped me tremendously in plotting Act II of Gino's Law.

See? "The Golden Cat Saves" portion of the title makes sense now! That leaves us with the Kinky part. (To any perverts out there: stop slobbering already! Ew.)

Tonight we're going to actually see and meet Kinky Friedman, who's running for Governor of the State of Texas! He's on a petition drive to get on the November ballot. Tomcat and I Saved Ourselves For Kinky (didn't vote in the primaries) just so we will be eligible to sign the petition.

Kinky is a writer and singer (he founded The Texas Jewboys.) He is also a brilliant, witty, down-to-earth man who is fed up with both the Republican and Democratic Parties in Texas. We have a great tradition in this state — there are tons of Independent voters, myself included. In Texas, we do not have to register with any party if we do not wish to. I have voted for candidates of both of the major parties, although it's been a long time since I've voted Republican. How long? Since the Funda-mentals took it over in the Reagan era.

So there you have it: The Golden Cat Saves Kinky.
Thank you for your time.

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5 Comments »

  1. Good for you vis a vis Kinky. Good luck.

    Comment by OldHorsetailSnake — March 11, 2006 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  2. I ordered some writing books just to brush up on some stuff. The books arrived today. I love getting stuff like that in the mail.

    Comment by Faith — March 11, 2006 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  3. Candy and I got Kinky together.

    Comment by pooks — March 11, 2006 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

  4. I’ll see if I can find that book at Chapters or something. I think it would help me out a lot.

    I’ve already been doing some of that stuff…such as:

    I have anywhere from 3-5 “loglines” for every little entry in my book. It may be difficult to find a title for a collection of completely unrelated stories and the like…

    Comment by Dan — March 12, 2006 @ 3:23 am | Reply

  5. Hoss, I got to shake the man’s hand last night. I don’t know if I’ll be here in November to vote for him or not, but at least I could sign the petition!

    Faith, thanks for stopping by. Ooh! A box of new books, and on writing! LOVE it. I “had” to get books on how to write mysteries for my current project. But for basics of good writing in general, Save The Cat! is fantastic.

    Pooks, now you’ve done it. Everyone will think we “caught The Gay” after Brokeback Mountain came out. “Came out.” Heh.

    Dan, I loved the title you had picked out earlier — what was it? “An Excellent Argument Against Free Speech?”

    Comment by Candace — March 12, 2006 @ 8:30 am | Reply


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