Last night I came across this section that seems to piggyback well with Frank Darabont’s thoughts from yesterday’s post— After Darkness, Light:
“But, c’mon now, is it really necessary to have this change, this epiphany, by the end of the story?
Yes. No character arc, no change, no movie.
As for epiphanies, they and the heart and soul of any worthwhile tale; they are inherently linked to good storytelling. Without them, just forget about it—pack up your things, turn your computer off, and start again some other day.
And so, let me reiterate my golden rule, since this is so fundamental , so basic and important to the telling of a good story:
An engaging character actively overcomes tremendous odds to reach a desired goal, and in doing so he or she changes for the better.”
Screenwriting in the Land of Oz
Perhaps in a totally unplanned way these first two posts of 2012 have set the tone for the entire year.