The final day of R&D, and essentially the final stage of this part of the process, is done!!
Today was something of a bonus day, as we’d achieved our goal for this week by the end of Day 4.
This morning we laid out our scene cards and began looking at them in more detail, asking questions like “what are the gravities of this scene?”, “what connects them to other scenes in the piece?”, and “what connects them to the scene that comes immediately after?”. This allows us to see not just the nuts-and-bolts structure of the piece, but also how it hangs together as a coherent whole with a number of key ideas.
In the afternoon we started to unpick a little bit of the poetry of the scenes, having spent a lot of time on their structure, and the essential logistics of a piece that crosses continents and galaxies. This is the part that is the most enjoyable for me as a writer, and allows you to really start to see the work come to life in front of you- like the spark of electricity running through Frankenstein’s monster. ITS ALIVE!!
The next step will be to start fleshing out these scenes, and really developing the detail of them- combining structure and poetry- before committing pen to paper.
I’m so excited to see where this work leads next- it’s already so different from how it was initially envisaged. It started out as an idea to indulge my childhood fascination of space, and has become an elegy, an epic journey and an examination of humanity.