Thinking some more about the Walt Disney Writing Fellowship Program, I browsed over to screenwriter John Rogers’ blog, Kung Fu Monkey, and re-read his post on Writing: Plot and Story. Therein he articulates what I’d been trying to say before, about why I feel more drawn to screenplays than teleplays:
[I]n film, a plot’s something you move your characters through to change them. In TV, generally, your characters inhabit the plot, but don’t really change. (this is evolving, but slowly). The goal of TV characters — and I’m not even going to try to dive into the meta-osity of this — tends to be to resume the status quo.
I want to write about life-changing experiences. I want to write stories wherein the characters (and, we hope, the audience) learn something. As I was jotting down notes for a screenplay idea yesterday, I wrote myself a note: what is the moral of the story?
I guess I know what I’m going to write now. Thanks, Kung Fu Monkey!