I am about to embark on a five novel series I call X-Division Assignments. I have another series I have been writing, but the time it took to write each novel seemed to take too long. While reading Charles Willeford’s The Woman Chaser, I was inspired by his protagonist’s commitment to direct a movie. But first his protagonist, to be professional, had to write a treatment.
It was then that I took this as a sign that I needed to write a treatment of my series.
For fiction (not movies), this meant more about me writing an outline…but treatments I understand too. I have degrees in both English and Cinema. However, with a career in engineering, I considered automating the process. With some experience in design in A.I. (which, in this specific case, relates to artificial intelligence), I have set my sights on using the computer language of prolog.
An Author’s Inspiration will be my software design of an outline generator. My design will read character descriptions, settings, plot points, and produce an outline based on the three act play format, also known as beats in the film industry.
In future posts I will describe this software tool, and relate the progress of my design work.