Stories on Fire: Craft on Burn Notice

by Lori, @lorisizemore on 09.26.2012

in for the love of TV, writing

Burn Notice

Burn Notice. Love, love, love the characters. I’d watch Bruce Campbell clean out his gutters. And the story arcs like mad. Everything changes. I hate when writers are afraid to make changes because what they have works. In this moment.

But it can’t work forever. The nature of story is to change. Otherwise, it’s just a snapshot in time.

And, I think, it’s not that we need to write what’s hot or popular. We need to write what sets us on fire. I love me some crazy, whackadoo characters. Because people are messed up. We’re all messed up. That’s real to me.

To quote the show:

“Imagine that you’re holding onto two bottles and they drop on the floor. What happens? They both break. But it’s how they break that’s important, because you see, while one bottle crumbles into a pile of glass, the other shatters into a jagged-edged weapon. People just don’t break the same.

Stories tell the truth. Maybe that’s what this story says to me, and it says it beautifully.

Want More on Burn Notice and Storytelling?

Try the Popcorn Dialogues: Burn Notice.

The nature of story is to change. Otherwise, it’s just a snapshot in time. ~ Click to Tweet

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

October 3, 2012 at 9:40 am EDT

You won’t be surprised when I say I haven’t watched this show, but that quote spoke to me. Love you soooo much when you talk craft. So much said with just the right amount of written declaration.

Now I’m ready to write some more.

Lori, @lorisizemore
October 3, 2012 at 10:04 am EDT

Woman, we need to rent a cabin in the middle and talk craft and watch great TV and write. For a week. At least.

By my figuring, it’s somewhere in Tennessee. Let’s do it.

October 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm EDT

Yes! I’m in. We won’t have to worry about anything, and if luck works out we’ll have our books done. So we’ll be in the critting and editing stages. :)
Landra | Anti-Bullying Month: My StoryMy Profile

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: