We’ve been working on the Writewell stuff for awhile now, putting the pieces together. We need a script, we need a slide show outline, we need pictures. What I’m finding as I put these lessons together is that the three things interact with each other and change each other. It’s an entirely new approach to writing for me, and I’m finding that for non-fiction at least, it seems to be remarkably effective at getting content organized and presented.
I start with the slide show which is pretty much a visual outline of what I want to say, words on a screen. As it occurs to me, I add images that I hope will make the concepts stick. Then the images change the content because they’ve clarified the idea. Then I write the script to go with the slides, and as I write the slides expand to follow trains of thought, and the images shift to illustrate what I have to say. And then the images change the script . . . I’m so far into the 4 Act Structure slide presentation that I don’t even know if it makes sense, but I know it’s much better than it was before I worked with written words, pictures, and sound.
I’ve always known that pictures helped in fiction writing because I made collages that were vital to the books. And I knew that sound made a difference because reading my stuff out loud as a final edit is really effective. (Actually reading it on paper is completely different from reading it on screen, too.) But I don’t think I’ve ever put all three together like this. it’s really exciting. Add in that Lani is teaching me to manipulate the slide show so that it matches up with the recording, and it’s been an illuminating two weeks.
I’m trying to think how I can do this more directly with fiction, and I’m not seeing a way. But I think when I finally do my non-fiction books, I’m going this way, lots of graphics and sidebars, presenting the information as many ways as possible.
Anybody out there have experience with this? And does my plan sound like a good thing in a book? (It’s a good thing in a video slide show for sure.)