Today I finished the first edit of book number two, Future Fortune.
I have all sorts of “number two” jokes running through my head, but I’m going to save us both the embarrassment.
Today I worked on the circus tent. Circus tent is an analogy for the structure of a screenplay or novel.
It is not the same thing as a pup tent.
Here’s a picture of a circus tent so you can follow along:
The story is the tent. Holding up the story are tent poles, which are metaphors for the points of the story that need to be included for the story to work. In other words, if the poles are missing or misplaced, the tent sags, and the story doesn’t work.
That’s how you end up with “slow parts” in a book or movie.
Without going into a lot of boring detail, I’ll give one example of a tent pole. At the beginning of the story, the main character is usually shown in his everyday life so we can experience it for ourselves.
Then, an inciting incident shatters that normalcy and sends the character in a whole new direction.
Luke Skywalker, bored on his aunt and uncle’s farm, is soon whisked away by Obi-Wan Kenobi, where he journeys to an unknown adventure.
Harry Potter, living under his aunt and uncle’s staircase, is soon whisked away by Hagrid, where he journeys to an unknown adventure.
I understand story structure, so I had the tent poles in place. However, I spent most of the weekend moving these poles around until the tent was architecturally sound. Now it has the classic circus tent look, which means structurally, my story is good.
In other words, there’s a formula to follow. You don’t have to follow it exactly, but the closer you follow it, the better your story will be. I think I’m on point for this book.
So, I’ll do the book rewrite this month, and then send it off for editing at the beginning of June, and hopefully by the end of June, I’ll have it ready to go.
This should be exciting. I’m looking forward to a successful number two.