I guess I couldn’t wait until Monday to get going with my thoughts:
In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller wrote about attending a seminar on screenwriting by Robert McKee, who is an authority on storytelling. McKee is the one I quoted in class saying, “You have to put your characters through hell.” McKee’s seminar was used in the movie “Adaptation” with Nicolas Cage.
The following link is a scene from the movie based on his seminar. This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Think about how this relates to what we’ve been talking about in class.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VseQe4TFsg. Pardon the language in the clip. There is proficient use of the f-word throughout, just like there is if you sit next to me at an SMU football game.
Miller says in Storyline , “We should not feel guilty or ashamed of having desires.” From the beginning, God created us to have desires. Adam was lonely, so God created Eve. Maybe we don’t pursue things because we feel guilty for having desires. Miller continues, “We shouldn’t feel guilty about desiring shelter, transportation, food, sex, love, community or even clothes. These are all positive desires. There are also evil desires, and many desires that are good, out of an appropriate context, become evil. In other words, following God is a lot like becoming mature and being able to discern right from wrong, pure from corrupt.”
If you want to tell a good story with your life, you have to start by having desires. As McKee says, “You cannot have a protagonist without desire. It doesn’t make any sense.”
A few years ago, I had a burning desire to be a part of a community. Now I have Impact and all you guys. Positive turn.