By Janet Quinn Cornelow
Debra Young, who some of you know and who has been my critique partner for years, went to the last OCC meeting with me to hear Blake Snyder. He was an interesting and entertaining speaker with a great deal of information. Because I couldnâ€™t go home after the meeting â€“ the Orange Oil Termite people were there and Iâ€™m allergic to oranges â€“ Debra and I went out after the meeting. While eating banana splits and making ourselves sick, we talked about Snyderâ€™s points.
Debra and I meet the third Saturday of every month, so I decided that we should take one of his suggestions to heart and make a headline and a movie poster for our current projects. Of course, since neither of us have the ability to actually draw or put a movie poster together, we were suppose to come up with just the idea.
Our meeting came and Debra had forgotten what I said to do and I hadnâ€™t had time. My online classes had kept me very busy that week. So as we ate fajitas, we came up with headlines and movie poster concepts. It really makes a person think about what it is her story is about. It does clarify the concept so that it can be explained to someone else.
My current project is Sam, the never-ending-story. (After I finish him, it is onto an urban fantasy and slaying monsters.) For Freedomâ€™s Treasure, we came up with â€“ When love is at stake, freedom is the ultimate sacrifice.
Figuring what type of movie poster would attract attention and make someone interested in your story is a bit more complicated. It is like designing a cover for the book. I am terrible at that. I never know what I want on the front of my book. However, we did come up with something. Now I wish I knew how to make it so I could post it on my website. Sam is standing in the foreground, in chains, protecting Jubilee. In the background are fields with crops growing. Up on the left, smaller, are the slave hunters looking for Sam and Jubilee.
We decide on the chains because the first time Sam was introduced in The Riverâ€™s Treasure, he was in chains. Although he isnâ€™t literally in chains anymore, figuratively he is.
Debra and I did go over the bullet points that Snyder came up with. Me, Iâ€™m still stuck on the one that says theme. I used to be a high school English teacher and I still canâ€™t do theme. Debra wasnâ€™t any help on the point. I think Iâ€™ll just skip that one and keep going.
Love your headline, Janet.
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