Tommy here, to give you a bit of an update on how Revahlen is going and where we are in the process.
I’m currently about 2/3′s done with the treatment process – and if you missed my tumblr post on what a treatment is you can read it here. To elaborate a bit more on treatments, mainly because many people are unfamiliar with them, they’re were you begin to do more of the actual writing of the project, at least with more detailed ones, which are usually called Scriptments. Treatments can be sometimes frustrating because that’s where you start to see the project as a whole – Characters begin to flesh out, plot holes appear, dialog is trickling in – it’s basically where you learn how much work your project will actually be. If the dialog is there or you see things that are repetitive , then you can just trim that out before the next step. If you discover that your main character is flat or unlikable than you may still have a ton of work in front of you, playing with character events, history, and dynamics.
I’m here to report that the treatment for Revahlen, thus far, has gone relativity smoothly. Any problems that I’ve seen have been small. Some have been larger things that I want to change, but I wouldn’t consider them a problem more than smoothing out the story. Stephen King said in On Writing that when you’re writing a story it’s like walking through a forest. You see individual trees as you pass by them. When you’re done, you see the forest – meaning, you see the project in it’s entirety and things that sounded interesting may not sound so good with the rest of the project. Without finishing the treatment yet, I’m beginning to see some of those connections.
I’m hoping to be done with the treatment soon. I know what’s going to happen and what to write, it’s just a matter of getting it down on paper. The actual script work will finish shortly thereafter.
Did you check out our first interview with Australian Retro Gamer yet? If not check it out. The site is also a good visit for any thing retro gaming, solid quick reads with a clean website. I just want to take another quick moment to thank the team there again as that was our first third party published exposure.