Exploring Narrative Arcs? Leap!

by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Published on: January 2, 2014
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Amber-danceOkay, this isn’t exactly how it looked at our last critique meeting of 2013, when Scriva Amber choreographed the narrative arcs of several subplots in Scriva Nicole’s manuscript. First off, we were in my dining room, and Amber was wearing her coat. Still, Amber is a former ballerina, and when she performed her brilliant “show, don’t tell,” this is how it felt: Awe-inspiring.

We Scrivas have charted each other’s works. We’ve made graphs and drawn pictures. I think, however, this is the first time that we’ve turned to interpretive dance. I wish I had had the presence of mind to capture Amber on video.

The best part of this unique critique is that Amber completely captured her proposed narrative trajectories for a love story, a friendship story, and the protagonist’s main inner and external challenges. Her dance got the point across with equal parts enlightenment and entertainment.

So, my advice to you for the New Year is bring it on! Look at your work in a new way. And show your work to others, so that they can use their gifts to enhance yours. Who cares that 2014 isn’t an official leap year? Leap anyway. Leap!

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