Welcome back to another of my blogs! This one is from one of my lectures that I’m currently studying at the moment that anyone doing a series will need to know. This will also help solve any flowing issues if you’re getting stuck on anything. Let’s get stuck in.
STEP 1: THE TABLE
This is the basic first bit. Depending on your series, it may vary quite a bit. First, you will need to figure out how many episodes you have in each series. For example, the series I’m working on for the module, we have six episodes, so you would need seven columns across. The going down side of the table is for the amount of main characters that affect the story, so in my group’s piece we have four characters, so the table would be drawn up seven across and five down. The top left box is left empty, but along the top you number the boxes for each episode. You then write the characters names down the side, a name to each box. You have your table ready.
STEP 2: FILLING IT IN
Although the process is only filling it in, the way we master it can confuse people. Each box along the table represents where they are in each episode, so if the first name was Julie, then each of the numbers at the top you would fill in the boxes, maybe working backwards to see where your characters come from, of what happens to them from their perspective in each episode. You do that for all the main characters until you’ve got them all. This will give you a clear idea of where you want your series to go and what kind of series it is.
Not all the time does it work to go backwards, but this will help when you try and look at the character journeys when you’re making the ‘bible’ to your series. I know it’s not very much, but that’s really how easy it is, even though it may not seem like it at first. Good luck with your series and may it bring you happiness in whatever form it comes.