What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV aka Justifying my TV Habit.
I had to do Lost for L because man, I love that show. I am not saying Lost was perfect in its writing. Indeed, some of the eventual explanations and plot twists grew so far fetched it did start to feel like they made it up as it went along. Still not sure about that last episode.
But what I did love is the backstory of the characters. The Flashbacks (or Forwards, or whatever in the end). They aided and abetted the plot that week. They helped us understand where the characters were coming from.
It’s important to know your characters backstory. We don’t all have the structural set up to dump whole plot lines of our characters’ backstory in, like Lost does. Indeed too much infodumping in a novel can drown out our plot. But it’s important to know the ‘flashback’ story. What made your character like they are?
Quotes: I'll see ya in another life, brother.
In general FYI I love Desmond. I also have this wee crush on Daniel Faraday which I can’t quite explain.