Sorry, I didn’t get around to writing a whole lot today. I wanted to get to it, but my mind needed a bit of a break.
When that happens, I try to settle in and watch something that I find enjoyable. Today, I continued on with the current season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. I absolutely adore this show. The characters are wonderful. Of course, I love seeing Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together as well as Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.
Anyway, I always find it to be a good idea to watch a narrative that explores characters at their best and at their worst. Yesterday, I was considering conflict and the thought kept blooming in my mind as I watched this show.
Sometimes, it is nice to take a moment to read or watch something that could later inform the way I write. Maybe, I’ll consider the ways in which the characters interact and create drama between themselves. Besides, no matter what kind of work I am doing, the characters are still people. Regardless of genre, it is important for me to keep them and their struggles human.
So, I am thinking about trying my hand at writing some stories or even continue some projects I had tucked away for some time. Then, my contemplation spiraled into considering narrative structure, especially conflict.
Then, I remembered that I had recently been in a discussion with someone about this topic and we used an example from Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones.
The conversation was about what made that series work. For me, what I enjoyed about the show was the small scale stakes. In other words, the world wasn’t in trouble in this series. The protagonist’s problems were mostly her own and the villain was more of a danger to her rather than the entire human population.
This example made me think about how important it is for stories to feel relatable, but it is equally important to realize that the size and scale of a conflict can influence relatability. It isn’t to say that big apocalyptic stories are bad. What I am trying to get at is this idea that smaller, internal conflicts can also make a story appealing.
That said, I contemplated this subject for quite some time since one of my projects deals with the inner conflicts of a character while also dealing with a big apocalyptic problem. Again, neither of these are wrong, but I really love being able to delve deep inside a character’s mind. Hopefully, this will result in me creating more ideas for characters and conflicts for future stories.