There are many ways to pace a narrative, and certainly there are just as many ways to structure a Fiasco (inspired) narrative, as well.
To me, I believe the second Act of a Fiasco should drive the characters rapidly forward. Or better: The characters should be driven by their own ambitions and (often very bad) ideas. While the first Act set the stage, the mood, and helped to let characters get in reach of what it is they want, the second Act needs to let them get there, or deny it through epic circumstances–often brought upon them by their own low self-control
That was my mindset going into the first scene of the second act. Together with the card #04 Not My Job, I wanted to show off Sarah really developing a sense that this is not what she wants–that she needs to get our of here and take charge of her own life.
While the card itself didn’t so much influence the actual story, it did develop her personality a lot more for me. A lot of what-if situation led me to thinking about just how far she’s willing to go to make a change, to get out of her stuck life. Of course, being tempted by Mitch and Nathan and the cash from they will get from delivering the drugs finalized her drive towards a new life, however misinformed she is about the whole deal.
Next week, we’ll be looking at Mitch again. In the original outline for the second act, I wanted the first three scenes of act 2 to focus on the trio getting to the drop-off point and have all hell break loose. But I’ve decided that that might be too much attention in just a simple road trip, which is why the next scene will dig deeper in Mitch’s past, since I have a feeling that his extremely fragile emotional state will have a lasting effect in the outcome of this story. The third scene of the act 2, however, will feature Nathan’s perspective on the drop-off and how things end up with him and Sarah racing down the interstate.
Also, the card–or rather cards–for the next scenes will be interesting, too, because we have a repeat.
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