I recently started watching a huge block of vintage All My Children from the late 80’s on YouTube. I was like 8 or 9 when these episodes aired, and some of them I remember watching. But upon re-watching, I notice things that strike me as interesting as a web series writer. Mostly pacing. Some storylines and characters wouldn’t be touched on for over a week’s worth of episodes; not in a neglectful way, but to give time to other storylines and also to ramp up suspense and mystery. When writing The Blackthornes, this was unheard of. I modeled it after prime time soaps that followed a certain formula. So many scenes with so many storylines had to take place in every episode. It was daunting at times. And for those familiar with the series, they know this made for some lengthy episodes. For Silver Shadows, I decided to loosen this up a bit. I wanted to have a less strict formula. To write what scenes and storylines come naturally in each episode. I don’t necessarily feel the pressure to present that complete episode that has ___ number of scenes for each storyline. I really like it! I feel less chained to a formula that at times made me shut down and not want to write. With this series, I feel like I can be a bit more free in episode structure, and a bit more creative in story progress.
These episodes are also shorter. By comparison, episodes of The Blackthornes were roughly 30 typed pages. Silver Shadows are 20. I wanted to shorten the episodes as I thought The Blackthornes was a bit too much of a bite for readers to chew off every week or so.
Until next time…