Missing in Action and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Missing in Action and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Yes, I am still alive and still busy, busy, busy. Hustle, hustle, hustle.

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Well…You know by now that I am a total story craft geek.

My crazy craft obsessed brain watches a great movie such as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and instantly feels compelled to deconstruct the storyline, and dig deep into how these masters of the screenwriting craft created such a totally engaging and fun movie.

I sincerely recommend this technique to anyone who wants to know how to build a story map which locks down the emotional journey of the audience sitting in the dark in the cinema, in precisely the same way as any novelist has to hold the attention of their readers.

Usually, I save these deconstructions for my own use, and learn something new about the writing craft every single time.

But this movie was so special that I decided to share the analysis in an eBook.

This is the result!
A scene by scene deconstruction of the movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, backed up by the novel, using the Four-Act story structure and Mythic story form as the template!

PLUS I go through the characters arcs for the three main new characters.

star wars the force awakens - kindle cover idea

I loved this movie and plan to see it for the third time this weekend. How about you?

Hope that you enjoy the book – but please, after you have been to the cinema.

Just in case you wanted something to do besides write [or shop/cook/eat/drink/party]

Just in case you wanted something to do besides write [or shop/cook/eat/drink/party]

For those of you of a knitting persuasion, the Knitty Online magazine has a very simple and therapeutic pattern for a hunky gent’s pullover. Called ‘Mr Darcy’. Which of course could also be worn by any Elizabeth Bennett.

[Knitted in the round, perfect for infront of the TV. I would use synthetic aran weight soft yarn for ease of washing, but that is just me.] The model for the design clearly sees himself as a Zombie Slayer. Very funny.

photos: Cheryl Niamath

There is also a child’s hot water bottle cover in the shape of a penguin – photos: Laura Nelkin

This is a lovely idea but it does involve knitting then felting the wool. Perhaps a couple of pieces of bought felt would work just the same and you could design it with your child?

I vaguely remember knitting a hot water bottle cover at junior school – one long strip of garter stitch, which had to be sewn along the sides then folded over at the top. But then again – this was when the only heating in my house was coal and wood fed fires. I do NOT miss that bit at all.

Now enough funstuff – back to  throwing rocks at my lovely hero – on the page!