111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression
Day 105: Writing About Revenge (Drama Series)
We’re halfway through the fourth season of ABC’s REVENGE , and I’m as invested as I was four years ago. I proudly wear the label REVENGER, as many of my fellow Revenge viewers do. Why, you may ask, do I promote this show more than others? Quite simply – it stimulates my love of dramatic writing.
As I’ve stated in previous blog entries, my creative writing interests lean more to the Dramatic Television Writing genre. From my junior high school days, I would guess upcoming storylines for my favorite shows and write scripts/scenes detailing what I thought was in keeping with the tone, story, and character development. My predictions didn’t always match, but the creative stimulation kept me writing.
Not all drama series that I watch inspire me on a creative level, but REVENGE is one of the few over the last couple years that does. I eagerly await Sunday’s new episode and anticipate the one that follows. Some of the many questions I’ve pondered recently include…
- How will “Emily” get out of her current predicament?
- Who will be next to discover the truth about “Emily”/”Amanda”?
- Which main character will say goodbye to the Hamptons next?
- And, will “Jack” and “Emily” EVER be on the same page at the same time regarding their romantic feelings for one another?”
The jaw-dropping (and shoveling-swinging) Season Three finale left me with so many questions and ideas about where we’d find the Hamptonites when the show returned in September. As I pondered the “what ifs” during the summer break, I picked up my pen and paper and wrote numerous scenes, doing my best to capture the voice of the show and the characters. Though the specific details differed, the tone and overall plot points remained central:
- How and when would “David” find out “Emily” is really “Amanda”?
- How will “Emily” and “Nolan” get “Jack” out of the kidnapping charge scenario?
- Would “David” hold “Jack” accountable for kidnapping “Charlotte” and seek revenge?
I guessed some of the plot twists and reveals incorrectly (i.e. “Daniel”, cue tears), but that hasn’t hastened my excitement to predict what would happen next. REVENGE’s fourth season continues to surprise, engage, and impress. I’ve already spent many an hour drafting new scenes and story ideas. As long as they continue to produce new episodes, I’ll be watching and then writing afterwards!
*DISCLAIMER: No endorsement by anyone affiliated with Revenge or their parent company is implied.*
**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 6 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**