Do you have a strategy for thinking of journeys for various Conflicts?
Corey H. asked: for some reason I'm getting stumped on sketching the journey that each conflict would lead to? maybe its a tense thing, as the heart in my project has overcome the conflict (although remains at risk) I wonder if you could recommend a strategy or way to get my head around this- all i can think of (prob. too literal) is how would i ever film these journeys or simulate them?
Try not to get too caught up on how you would film them and really focus on what they could be.
It can be helpful to take a linear approach of the main beats of
Heart -> Desire -> Conflict -> Journey -> Answer
and for each journey build out at least 3 main plot points. But to take it from the top, and use Dave Jacka as an example, let's imagine we wanted to build out his Man vs Man conflict, that he wants to get this famous instructor to take him on and teach him to fly.
Heart - Dave Jacka
Desire - To be independent and adventure despite having only 6% of his body function. To fly!
Conflict - The instructor who could teach him to fly turns him away saying it is impossible.
Now at this point we want to imagine ourself in Dave's shoes and think about what could happen next, what would be the main steps he would take. And we use those steps to help build plot points for our journey.
Journey 1 - He goes home and decides to start researching everything he can about this instructor, determined to learn something about him that will help him convince the instructor to take him on. He's googling, using Facebook, watching YouTube - anything that could help.
Journey 2 - He starts sending notes, a new one every day, in the mail (not email, like regular mail) because it will get way more attention from the instructor. Each note asks the instructor to take him on in an original way, and he keep sending them as a sign of his commitment and that he won't give up - two things Dave sees as very important hurdles he needs to overcome in the instructors mind.
Journey 3 - He comes up with a plan on how he will do it himself. And he's going to bring that plan to the instructor and let him know that he can help or not, but that Dave will fly. During that meeting Dave also uses his research to share other tough cases the instructor has had and other able-bodied folks he has trained who have crashed (showing that it's dangerous regardless, and Dave has more commitment and tenacity than most.)
Answer - The instructor decides to give him one week. If they can make progress and Dave seems capable, then he'l; find a way to get him in the air.
Now to come up with those right now for you, I just took it from the beginning and built out a linear journey on what he might do. If there is a real story that hasn't happened, think about what they could do (and here again we see the value in really knowing our characters), and if it is a retelling of their story, try to find out what those main plot points were by talking to them and asking specific questions on what they did next and how they were feeling.