This week I’m obsessing about two things: plot and State of Play.
As a writer, plot is where I work the hardest. I have a hard time saying hello in less than five words. Writing query letters killed me (if I could tell the story in one page, why bother with a 320 page novel?).
Now that I’m working on my second book, I’m paying particular attention to plot — I want to make mine as tight and compelling as I can right from the beginning. I’m always looking for ways to do it better.
That brings me to this week’s second obsession –the BBC mini-series State of Play. Oh. My. God. If you haven’t seen this, stop what you are doing and rent it, now. (I’ll wait. I’m still just getting to hello, remember?)
I don’t watch much television, and when I do it’s usually with half an eye while I read or edit or something else. Not with this show. It’s so tightly written, so action-packed, that I can’t do anything but sit on the edge of the sofa and bite my nails. It doesn’t hurt that it stars Bill Nighy doing his best malevolent long-legged spider impression (he alternates between that and sprawling hound dog) and cute little nibble James McAvoy from Atonement. (James, did you hear I wrote a book? The role of Cort is wide open — call me!)
Each show has heart-stopping action and twists, but it also has compelling characters (some of whom don’t make it through), whip-smart dialogue, and cliff-hanger endings. I’ve seen the first three episodes and ordered the final three. All in the name of research, of course. If you watch it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Oh, and hello. 🙂