Friday, December 21, 2018
How to Expand a Story
I was back in the Mandarin class. They were "working on their final". The final was a ten minute skit to be performed in class. In Mandarin.
The class got into their groups. They were writing and rehearsing.
"That was three minutes. We have four pages."
The pair's skit was unintelligible to me. (Although, Chinese sounds really interesting spoken.) But I do know something about screenplays.
"In a screenplay, each page is about a minute. So, you're going to need at least ten pages..."
This was not what they wanted to hear. They were out of ideas for what to add.
The plot was simple. The boy was home from college, worried about failing out. They went to lunch and then the library to study. The end.
I noticed a hole in the narrative. The girl could have a problem too...
Funny how it was my second time in this class and I could actually help them again. It's probably due to their assignments being of the writing variety. I do know a little something about writing.
Alas, the translations were all up to them.