All good things come to an end. As it was with Peter Jackson’s gripping interpretation of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, so too with the lessons we pulled out for writers of genre fiction. Jackson and crew are the ultimate unboxed thinkers, and we are but his humble admirers.
We hoped you enjoyed our series of lessons and will find them useful for your own wips! Here are the final two tips.
9. Try a story scramble
Die-hard fans of Tolkien know that the fearsome scene between Frodo and Shelob, an enormous spider, happens in the second book. When appraising the films for pacing, however, it was decided the second film had enough tension without the arachnophobic scene, while the final film needed an extra dollop of Frodo. Easy as a slash mark, Shelob was cut from film two and spun into the movie’s final installment. [Read more…]