How Writers Can Create A Powerful Dilemma To Make Their Stories Better – Jeff Kitchen

Film Courage: I have a story idea and I am hoping we can find ways to make it more wild and shake things up from what I have.

Jeff Kitchen, Dramatist / Author / Founder / Consultant: Okay.

Film Courage: I am trying to shorten it down. My character is a male in his 30’s. We will call him Derrick. He has always been a techie. He majored in computer science. He had a Commodore 64 growing up. He has always been very heady. Flash forward many years later, he gets a very lucrative job at a Fortune 500 company where he is in charge of the IT department and their security. It’s a dream job, but he is totally bored. There is nothing [spontaneous]… he knows exactly what his life is and he is completely bored. He becomes a workaholic and doesn’t really meet any romantic partners until one day he goes to a coffee shop and a very attractive woman asks for help with her computer.

It turns out (unbeknownst to him) he has been targeted by a rival company and they want to use her to seduce him so that they can get into the company’s mainframe and find out trade secrets.

Her name is Skylar (what a perfect name for that character). At first when realizing he is being used, he is upset and then realizes he doesn’t care anymore and he is willing…because his life isn’t really what he wanted and he’s fallen in love with this woman. He knows he is being manipulated and doesn’t care. 

He feels that he can change Skylar and give her a better life. Help me out here, how can I make this story better and give it a Wow! Factor, really shock people with it?

Jeff: Well it’s not just pure shock value…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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