Day Nineteen: Blockbuster Hit
Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly. —Matthew Quick
Successful movies resonate with us. The best ones stand the test of time, becoming a classic. We may add them to our collections so we can watch them many times over. They all have something in common. Each story follows a pretty basic structure.
The setup gives you everything you need to know to establish a relationship so you care about the characters and what happens to them. Next, the protagonist encounters and takes advantage of an opportunity. A turning point comes—something new and unexpected happens. This stage is usually followed by a point of no return where he or she must fully commit to an idea or situation. Finally, there’s a major setback to overcome prior to the climax of the movie.
Sounds pretty familiar huh? Not just in blockbusters but in real life! If you were to look at your life through the eyes of a director, or even the writer, what are some of the major setbacks you’ve endured? Write an outline of your movie, with a focus on building towards the real life climax.