I’m writing screenplay number two in a trilogy of stories about an epic mythic world. I sketched out the major plot points in an outline and read it to my children for a bedtime story.
“So,” I said when I had finished, “what did you think?”
“Sea monsters can’t breath fire,” piped up the youngest, “What use would that be to them in the water?”
“Maybe when the sea monster hits land it can grow legs - then it could breath fire.” offered my middle daughter.
“Yeah!” said middle son, “and then when it is drowned in the flood at the end of the big battle, you could see it crawl out and become a chrysalis! Then it could show up later in the story...with WINGS!!”
“Oooo!” I replied, “a dragon with a metamorphic life cycle. I like it!”
“I think you need some more about the kid as he grows up,” added my eldest daughter, “He’s just kind of a baby and then the next thing you know he’s eleven and everything about him is surprising.”
“Yeah,” I sighed, looking around at my fast growing crew, “That is how it is all right.”
“So maybe at a couple scenes so we get to know him,” she finished helpfully.
There will have to be an authors note at the end that the story was co-written by all the Peterson children!