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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

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A very "dark" complication

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Hi Suds Buds:

In writing for novels, feature films and/or daytime and primetime television, there is the phenomenon called “complications.”  Complications are those incidents that enhance your storytelling and make for challenges that your characters must overcome along the way in order to achieve his/her goal. 

For example, in a cops and robbers romp, the police are in hot pursuit of the bad guys.  It’s a car chase.  The coppers are gaining on the perps.  When all of a sudden, the police car has a flat tire and comes to a screeching halt.  With the cop car out of commission, the perps get away.

In the above example, the flat tire is a “complication” that hampered the police from getting their man -- at least for the time being. Complications drive the story (no pun intended) and lead to the next scene where the cops must change their tire and get reprimanded by the captain for not checking their tires before they headed out that day. 

A typical complication for a soap opera storyline is when two lovers have a brief parting of the ways, and one goes off for an affair with a third party. This leads to the birth of a child, and complicates matters when the original two lovers reunite as now, there is another man’s baby in the mix.

The reason complications work in storytelling is because they are very real. They occur to all of us each day in real life.  How many times have you been running late for an appointment, go to put on your panty hose, and stick your finger through one leg causing a run?  Now you have to get a new pair. What if you’re all out of new pairs? You have to go to the store and buy another pair, or go bare-legged to your appointment.  Maybe you ditch the dress altogether and change into a blouse, blazer and slacks?  Whatever your choice, you couldn’t just wear what you originally intended to wear and get to your appointment on time. That’s a complication.

Last week the east coast was hit with a major complication -- the blackout.  As a result, most east coast businesses were shut down for the latter part of Thursday and all of Friday. Even today, we are only hearing sporadically from our east coast affiliations.

All this means one major complication for Soapdom.com and our members.  We have not received all the material we usually would have received by now, including some breaking news items, ABC daytime’s daily episodes for last week, CBS episodes and preview info, etc., etc.  We will get back on track as they get back on track, so stay tuned. 

By the way, while I am on the subject of the blackout --where were you when the lights went out?  Share your experience on the Soapdom.com message boards in the Criticize the Critic folder!  We were in our office with the TV on watching our daily dose of soaps. The program was interrupted for the breaking news story out of New York. 

Now for a personal complication. I have my cats with me in the office today. Waffles, the Maine Coon, is asleep in the supply closet, but my little tuxedo cat, Slinky, is vying for my attention.  She is literally sitting on my wrists as I type, making typing this column almost impossible!  Time to go play with her for a bit, or I’ll never get any work done!   Have a good week, all.

Coming SOON to Soapdom.com

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  • Our exclusive interview with Greg Vaughan, (nuLucky, GH).
  • Our exclusive interview with Northwest Afternoon’s Cindi Rinehart .
  • And more  -- so stay tuned!

Til the top of next week,

Linda Marshall-Smith
CEO, Soapdom, Inc.

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