~~~~July 15, 2012~~~~
I almost called this “False Dawn”, but that would be dismissing the work that I did from the fall of 2010 through early 2011. While it wasn’t a linear progression from these things to Acts I, II, III, etc., the process was hugely important, and none of the later success of creation could have happened without this fertile experimentation.
Pre-dawn is better because it implies that something is happening to bring light to the world, however, sketchy, imperfect, and shadowy (I almost said penumbral, but I didn’t want to drive you all away screaming!).
Three crucial developments happened in this potential-filled time…
1. I wrote a number of things that signaled Lydia that I was determined, as I had promised her, to use all her versatility.
While these things didn’t all make the first real “cut”, some of them did, and they helped me stay optimistic and excited about the big lift ahead.
2. I identified with my female leads in an intense way, and decided that I had to let bad things happen to them. If you don’t let bad things happen to good characters, your stuff lies flat on the page, and no one roots for these people; why should they, if they don’t need the audience’s interest and allegiance to get them to where they need to go?
3. I realized after writing a number of these things and giving them to Lydia that I needed to build in a review step. After writing a series of musical “numbers” that I presented to Lydia for her to begin working on, I knew I needed to call in someone to do review the internal consistency of what I had done in terms of theme, plot, and, most important, character, to make sure that every step I made aligned with the inner world I’d created.
Thank goodness I found that person, because, while Lydia was sending me intriguing and stimulating musical material, and while I certainly didn’t lack for ideas, I suddenly began to wonder if I’d bitten off more than I could chew.
Next time: Did “One Way In” pertain only to the reason for the title of this piece, or my role in the creating of it?
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