You know, sometimes you have to let it go in order to get the answers you've been seeking, The "It," in this case was wrapping up a very satisfying short film script. The problem I had was trying to tell or do too much with the story.
As storytellers and writers of fiction, our imagination is the spring board of it all. The journey of the main characters, the overall message in the story and of course our unique perspective has to all cohesively wrap up in the end. Even open ended ending have a purpose.
Well, I had this problem recently. I had let my imagination get away from me and I had said too much, revealed too quickly character's motives in order to move the story along. Not good. I got off track and stuck as to how the script should finish. So what I got was a very lame climax of the main protagonist and antagonist. I was a runaway mind aided by lazy writing.
So how did I break this snap? Two things. One, I got notes from a "normal person." What I mean is this particular person is not in the film business at all. If anything, she's who would watch this short. So with no personal agenda, she felt that the main character would not be motivated to fight for the man who killed his wife. Duh! So that got my mind going on who and how I would reveal the truth our hero and the audience!
Second, I took to images, still and motion, that stirred my soul and realigned the story for me. See the above image of the Hill Country.
This was huge as I was micro managing the dang story! Dialogue, action, description. I didn't want to trust what the actors or the D.P. would bring to the image. So There's an amazing scene at the end of Season Six of "Mad Men," that told the viewer so much of the characters emotions, motives, with just saying one line of dialogue. Everything else was camera angles and music. I was blown away by its unforced majesty. The song was the Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now,: sung my Judy Collins. So I found my way through the many dreams and possibilities of my mind. Now, time to wrap it up!