How to write a Deserted Island Scene


Part One

    1. Talk about how the character got there in the first place.

    »A. Where were they headed to and what happened for them to land on that specific Island and nowhere else?

    I. Remember the time.How much time do they have left?Will they be able to make it? Do they have somewhere important to be? Did they contact anyone letting the know where they’ll be? Do they regret getting on the plane or the boat or whatever they got on in the first place?
    II. How did they end up on that island? Was that Island close to proximity of where they fell into the ocean? Did that Island have the most resources in order to survive? Did that Island have other people surviving on it as well and the character is not alone?

    »B. Who is with them or are they alone? How is the team/group holding up? Can’t tolerate each other or is everyone so dandy and fine? Do they have supplies or any animals how about technology and does it still work?

    I. Supplies like rope, emergency food, and even technology if used right can be good resources. Some type of nice is very necessary and of course something for the character to keep warm or safe from the environment. Write about the losses, not only from the characters on the journey but what they had to do in order to survive.Have they already harmed anyone on accident
    II. Where are they headed, where’s the safe area at. If the character brought an animal how does the animal help out the character if at all, does animals see things that the character doesn’t? How about if the animal is used as a sacrifice either for food or an order to bait another deadly animal to be dinner.

    Part Two

    2. How do they plan on Surviving and what is there for them to survive with?

    »A. Begin with the weather but ease your way into describing what the five senses are experiencing. Do they come up with the plan right away or do they decide to wing it somehow?

    I. It can either be a mental plan or a plan that they write down on some type of paper or whatever they have around. This is so they can remember how the plan needs to be executed because sometimes you are there stick to the plan specifically in order for it to work or you have to maneuver course exponentially in order for it to work.
    II. If the character decides to wing it explain why they decide to come up with this as the best way. Maybe the island is so bizarre that they have to wing it there is no other choice or perhaps they don’t have enough time.

    »B. Maybe there’s something in their backpack or in the plane that crash or perhaps in the boat that sunk, but everything else floated to the top of the surface.

    I. maybe have the character go back to the transportation of how they got to the island they could try to rebuild it or extract needed resources maybe even, unfortunately, eat the dead bodies that lie in these structures. Hey, when you’re desperate, you’re desperate.

    Part Three

    3. How are they maintaining piece of mind and how are they trying to contact for help?

    »A. What techniques do they use to calm themselves and do they all the sudden believe in a god when they never did before? How about constantly breathing heavily unsure of what will happen next?

    I. does the character go insane and try to eliminate themselves from the earth? And if it doesn’t work maybe add a little humor into it.
    II. a character will change under drastic circumstances so show that to your audience if it character once did not believe in God maybe showing praying now… Or if the character was too introverted maybe now they’re extroverted to everything or being that they see such as them conversating with a tree or inanimate object.
    III. Is the character showing any nervous gestures at all or are they completely calm. Do they have a sense of fate or destruction. Perhaps the character somehow became optimistic because they saw a shooting star and took it as a sign that they’ll be okay or maybe they became pessimistic because their shelter that they built for hours on end, all the sudden was destroyed because a strong wind blew.

    »B. Do they try to remake or fix the technology that is broken how about the emergency kits that will call for help… are they lost does the character use them and do they work?

    I. The character can pretend like they’re in a lab of some sort they could become delusional perhaps and all the sudden try to talk on the phone that’s completely broken or maybe they’ll fix it or try to fix it and get physically shocked from the wires.
    II. The character can frantically look for these kits and even though they know that they’re hopeless because they’re broken or water has made them useless, but they still look because they want peace of mind to know for absolute fact that there’s no way to fix them.

    Part Four

    4. How have they changed since being on this island and how will they change since being on the island?

    »A. How long has it been and how has their personality changed? What do they do differently physically, emotionally and spiritually?

    I. What changed them? Do they hate how they changed? Do they love the thing that changed them? Are they a better person on the island than off it?
    II. Is this new persona or skill permanent? Can it help them in the future or if they ever get off the island?

    »B. How does the character have to change in order to survive and what might be those changes?

    I. Are they more alert, less trusting, faster, stronger? Did they get a higher sense of smell or touch? How about their intuition? When in danger we adapt faster to survive or protect ourselves.
    II. Think about their physical, mental and emotional state. How and why they change and if anything helped them change where is the instigator now? Has the character conquered it? Made it an alley? Avoided it? How the character reacts to their environment is how they and why they will change either for better or worse.

    Part Five

    5. Are they freed or do they stay willingly or are they stranded forever? Does this character need psychological help? Remember they are human, they are not robots so they will be affected by this.

    »A. Who saves them and how easy is it for them to be saved?

    I. Is it someone they know? Someone else getting stranded too? How about rescue people? What are they coming in?
    II. Was the character reluctant to leave at first? What do they need to accomplish before they want or have to get off the island. In other words, is there anything holding them back? It doesn’t have to be physical.

    »B. If they continue to stay on the island after the scene or if they still do not get help then what is Plan B for the character and who is missing the character right now?

    I. Maybe talk about the reality for the characters loved one for a bit. What are they doing or if they character is thinking about what they may be doing? Does anyone care that the character is gone?
    II. How do they plan on going forward and for how long? Do they want to live and plan to live or are they planning on dying either naturally or … taking their own life? Is living on the island that bad?
    III. Talk about regret again and what the character regrets the most. Either getting on the plane or boat or maybe not eating that bug the first time they saw it. It could be regret from getting on the source to the deserted island, to childhood regret, future regret or even regret on the island. What does the character wish could happen and did happen.egret from getting on the source to the deserted island, to childhood regret, future regret or even regret on the island. What does the character wish could happen and did happen.


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