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Put Your Characters Up A Tree And Throw Rocks At Them. And Then More Rocks. And Then Some More…

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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It can’t be easy or convenient for good storytelling.

I was watching Back To The Future last night, and there are soooo many little places where they put one more obstacle in between character and the goal.

It’s amazing.

That’s why that movie is so much fun to watch. Nothing, or almost nothing, happens without yet another obstacle – or two or three – getting in the way.

Even at the end, when Doc Brown is going have a lightning bolt run down from the clock tower on a wire and hit the DeLorean at exactly the right moment, we have hurdle after hurdle:

  • Marty is late,
  • the cord becomes unplugged,
  • then Doc Brown goes up to fix the cord – and it’s snagged on a tree and it won’t reach,
  • then he falls and has to hang onto the clock hands to make it happen.

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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