A quick note to thank all of you for participating in my workshop class and for coming to the reading last night. I enjoyed meeting each of you. And I wish you well.
And there is a very important point about conflict that I neglected yesterday.
Okay– we know that this conflict of THE GRADUATE is perfect: A confused young man has an affair with a married woman and then falls in love with her daughter.
It is perfect, and you will know when you have a perfect conflict set up because it suggests to you all the important scenes that will follow and emanate from that conflict.
But what I failed to tell you is that this conflict is pure genius because it contains a REVERSAL– that is, something unexpected that will set the protagonist on an unforeseen path of longing.
Now this, one song by Roy Orbison. Pay attention to the first sentence. He wrote this after the only girl he ever loved left him for another man.