I already know how it ends
October 2, 2011 10:45 PM Subscribe
I'm really good at predicting the end of most movies and books. I easily see foreshadowing, symbolism, and archetypes. How can I parlay this skill into a creative job?
posted by dchrssyr to media & arts (27 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
This question is going to sound ramble-y. I've been trying for years to formulate this into a good AskMe question. Seriously, I've thought about this a bunch. But I can't find the perfect words to describe this skill. So here goes:
I'm pretty darn good at predicting any story's twists and turns. Surprise endings almost never surprise me. There are only so many stories to be told and only so many ways to tell a story. My friends think this is uncanny and annoying. I try not to ruin movies for them, but if they have seen the movie and I haven't, I have a tendency to solve the mystery or predict the story arc very early. If a book or movie is really obtuse and overhanded in its storytelling, I have no patience for it.
I love good storytelling, even if I know where a story is going. And I'm always charmed by stories that surprise me, although that's rare.
I'm also good at retelling stories with a lot of detail. I love it when a friend is patient/charmed by my quirk/or interested enough to allow me to tell them (from beginning to end) all about the book I just read.
I am an okay writer, but NOT of fiction. I've tried off and on my entire life to write fiction and I've never ever written one damn thing I'm proud of.
The only other creative skill I possess is photography.
So. Is this a real skill? Can you do this, too? Can I use it to make money?