Based on a Mexican program, Devious Maids is a described as a soap that follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
He has more than young adult and middle grade novels under his belt and has learned a lot of valuable lessons in his experience. Using Soap Operas To Learn How To Write A Character Driven Story by Todd Strasser For many of us, the best and most rewarding stories are character driven, those in which the plot is advanced by what is gradually revealed about the character, what he or she learns, and how he or she changes.
Some extremely helpful advice for developing character can be found in this essay recently published in the New York Times But I have something more to add -- two simple and valuable suggestions that I learned about writing such stories while toiling in a rather unlikely field — soap operas.
This brief detour in a career that was otherwise spent almost entirely writing books for teens and pre-teens began around Editors felt that nearly every problem a teen could encounter had been written about, some many times over, and I found it difficult to sell any new ones.
A second series for slightly younger readers, The Babysitters Club, was beginning to look like it would be even bigger.
For much of the previous two decades I had only written one kind of book. It always began with characters who had a problem and who learned and changed and grew as a result of dealing with it.
When it was time to start the next book, I began with a whole new group of characters and a completely different problem. But a series had continuing characters until later when Fear Street and Goosebumps came alongand could easily grow to be 30 or 40 books long Sweet Valley High and its spawn eventually reached volumes; according to Wikipedia, the Baby-sitters and its spinoffs gave birth to somewhere around How could the same characters keep learning, changing and growing through that many books?
Especially when they never appeared to age? I felt I needed to find the answer, but I had young children and also needed to make a living.
In addition, soap opera writing paid well. Quite well, in fact. Through my friend I learned that CBS had a soap opera writing program, and, through a friend of that friend, I managed to get into it.
Or at least new ways to look at the craft of telling stories. While the characters in soap operas rarely seemed to change, or learn anything -- except when they recovered from amnesia, or redeemed their wicked ways — they were still very much character driven, and that is where I stumbled upon two ways of approaching character that would stay with me for the rest of my life.
Even to this day, some novels later, I find them extremely useful. The first is, whenever writing a character, always keep one question foremost in mind: What does this character want? Characters drive stories, and motivation drives character. What does this character want and what is he or she doing in this scene to get it?1.
They work almost every day. When the actor is on vacation, the writers don't write that character a storyline. 2. There are tons of characters, so every actor doesn't have to be working. In the Australian soap Neighbours (very popular in the U.K.), camera time was actually dedicated to a segment where Bouncer, a lovable labrador retriever, fell asleep and had a .
Daytime Drama Series/Soap Operas; General Hospital; He had a pilot in the works when he signed on, I think most never saw him as long term. bronxgal. Soap Addict. You seem like you are waiting to write it off. # 3. Rosanna commented. July 19th, , PM. Jan 21, · Books about TV: "Soap Opera" "Soap Opera" is novel written by Eileen Fulton, best known as "As the World Turns" Lisa, that was published back in I was able to pick up a copy in paperback from , at a charity book sale in a local supermarket.
“And we can’t wait to share with our fans this wonderful Southern Gothic soap opera we’ve been cooking up for them.” Cherry will write the pilot; Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis and Michael. However, some soap writers start out as interns for the soap opera they want to write for and then work their way up.
You may need to take on a volunteer internship and keep a full-time job in a different field in order to pay the bills.