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Drama: September 09, 2020 Issue [#10362]




 This week: Irrelevant Revelation
  Edited by: octobersun2
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
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6. Ask & Answer
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Dear readers and writers of Drama, I am octobersun2 and I will be your guest editor for this issue.



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Irrelevant Revelation


Many people have read Harry Potter books or at least watched the movies. There are two very relevant events in Harry's life that could be regarded as the inciting incident to his dramatic journey. The first one is when his parents are murdered by Voldemort. The second is when a hairy wizard tells him, "You're a wizard, Harry."

I am not sure which incident is the inciting incident. Because, if Harry's parents were alive, he wouldn't have grown up with the Dursley family and he wouldn't have to go on his quest to vanquish Voldemort. At the same time, his life all the way up until Hagrid (the hairy wizard) tells him who he really is, he doesn't have a very interesting life.

Fact is, the revelation who Harry is in the wizarding world was relevant to the adventure of his life after he found out. So, as a writer, you have to make sure that your revelations are relevant to the plot to come.

Some time in August of this year, I was "found" on Facebook. A friend of my father had been searching for me for decades. He said my father was a fantastic man with whom he shared an amazing adventure. To preserve our privacy, I will call him Rick.

In a world before the internet, Rick posted a note in a youth hostel asking if anyone wanted to travel by canoe from Norway in the northern part of Europe all the way to Uganda in Africa. My father replied that he wanted to be his partner for the adventure.

On their way south, Rick and my father stopped in a French youth hostel where my father and mother connected over making music. A couple of days later, Rick and my father traveled on.
On their way back up through France, my father found out that two were going to be three. My father ended up dying when I was very young, so that I really don't know who he was.

Now Rick found me. He was so happy to finally find "the baby" that he caused to exist because of his idea for the voyage. He shared a bunch of old photos with me. He told me (in emails) some stories from that voyage. He even sent me two books that he wrote. There are some pictures of my father in those books.

I find that don't really care. It's pointless information to me. I never met the "fantastic" man Rick knew. In this story, it's like the revelation that my father existed is limited to that moment when he took part in putting me into this world.

As a writer, I ask myself, "What makes a story too old to be relevant any longer?"

When you want to put old secrets, prophecies, or minute world-shaping details in your stories, always ask yourself why are they relevant now and why should your reader care?


Editor's Picks

 
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Mothers and Children  (E)
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I Become the Wreckage  (18+)
A sad end to life's struggles
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#2204214 by Whata 4Cs Now Open

 
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I received the following replies to my last Drama newsletter "Boost the Excitement in Your Drama

Write 2 Publish 2020 wrote: I'm debating on inserting my serial killer into the story. I love Mary Higgins Clark, but it took me a while to get used to being inside the antagonists mind. I wonder now as I write about a serial killer if I insert his thoughts on the case. His arrogance that he'll never be caught as he watches the nation follow the FBI/CAU discover his dumping grounds, but have no clue what the commonality is. What will he think with the agent knocks on his door to question him, not knowing he's the killer?

Sumojo wrote: Thank you for including Dimitriou in the editor’s pick
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