EC: In the silent films, they had a story conference where they actually brought in a guy called the “Wildie,” which was a lunatic, not a figurative lunatic but a guy —
JC: Someone from the insane asylum who’d sit at the story table.
EC: He’d interrupt with just insane eruptions that had nothing to do with anything, and the writers would go, “Oh, yes, right. We could, y’know…”
Write a scene for three characters that takes place in one location (bus station, living room, restaurant, library) in which, for no reason, a character says something out of context and ridiculous every fourth line.
How do you keep the scene one track? How do you channel out of character outbursts? How do you take something insane and keep the flow of the scene going?