Slow to Warm-Up

October 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM (Creativity, Blogging, Art, Challenges, Chaos) (, , , , )

How apt that it’s cool in the air for this fall season, and the topic is about warming up. Writing progress has been notoriously minimal, and that alone means things need to step up in regards to creativity. There’s no large progress to report in regards to writing. What does this mean?

Perhaps it’s a transitional phase. Perhaps I needed this setback or step back to see myself. If I were pro, I may not have these indulgent moments. I’d have to produce work at a greater frequency. Admittedly outside stimuli has gotten the better of me at the moment, but that doesn’t have to be the case for the entire month.

There’s still some software to upload to my laptop, and I need to move past the trauma of nearly losing everything on it. In fact I haven’t consistently written since my laptop crashed. I suppose this is just me worried about working again, and facing that the laptop could crash again. It should be no more different than my car. It’s died several times, and had malfunctioning parts. I still use it. I love my ride. That’s a lot like my laptop. I want it to last, and I hate the idea that it could crash again.

Still, that’s not a reason abandon writing. As I sit here, and the TV is on news, with me sipping my coffee, my mind says “write,” and that’s what I wish to do. It starts with a blog post.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

P.S. I haven’t given up writing my spec pilot tv show, short stories, and screenplays. Never did. The minimal writing was notes for them, and jots of ideas. I want to do more than the minimum. Minimum got me nowhere. I have to crack the code that gets these materials pages of text.

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Sunday Coffee

October 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM (Uncategorized)

Got up out of bed, and suddenly the first thing on my mind is coffee, so I made a cup. It’s gonna be followed by a cup of water, and eventually a meal. I have cereal, or something in there to quell my stomach. Quelling is fantastic.

Yesterday, I went over themes and storylines again. I have to say, I was very dissatisfied with the progression of what I wrote previously, and I feel that two things need to happen before I can make the first episode really gel for me.

The theme and focus need to be right. I have an ensemble story, but I need a grounded character who is the focus of the overall story. I need that theme to work, and it will carry through the story by this singular protagonist, as he is the only person tied to all the characters. It’s annoyed me that I didn’t figure that out until yesterday.

The second big thing is my story needs a good title. Sounds like a simple thing, but a story with no title doesn’t work for me. Sorta like my short stories. They need something that binds them. I suppose for me title is equally important

The good news on top of progress is I already wrote out a lot of scenes, and these scenes will help me shape the story better, as I refresh and revise the outline I just wrote. Direction is a keen thing, and I’d love to see completion. Make the story better and stronger. Why not start today.

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Saturday Morning

October 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM (Creativity, Scripts, Story Structure, Warm Ups, Writing) (, , , , )

The computer crash was a bit much to take when it happened. Getting software restored, then updated proved to be tricker than anticipated. Forgot about Scriviner, Movie Magic Screenwriter, and a few others, that are separate from the basic package. I was able to restore them with some time and effort. Very grateful they work.

Some files I saved on my flash drive, so I had back up of a lot of things. Many music files from CD’s I owned, it looks like I’m going to have to rip again. I have the CD’s in storage somewhere. I gotta find them. The ones from iTunes I can mostly re-download. I hope I can find the imported CD’s which contained soundtracks from other countries (mostly Japan). Others were part of my collection for ages.

Still writing, but didn’t feel much like it. Thoughts crept back in my head, and reminded me that I wanted to have an overview of the TV series. I wanted to make sure each episode had a theme, and the stories were thematically linked. Having issues with the the sets, as I don’t think they properly convey what I wanted.

I’m pretty sure the theme for the first episode is “authority,” as the episode was inspired by a character’s speech, and he’s an authoritarian type of person. Everything should fall into place then, I hope. They story carries over to the next episode, but I think theme doesn’t, or does it? Perhaps I have an overall theme, and then a sub-theme. Not sure. I need this to work.

Didn’t think I had anything to say today, but look at this. Progress is slow, and sometimes upsetting. Still, the idea of moving forward does me good, and makes me smile a lot.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Today

October 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM (Uncategorized)

Fell a lot off the writing wagon. In fact all creative efforts came to a crash. Been working at restoring my laptop after its crash, and then at one point I didn’t want to work on the laptop. I seem to be frustrating myself, and going through some apprehensions I need to squash. It’s not helpful to dwell on things beyond my control.

One way of reclaiming some strength is to start blogging again. I believe I saved some of my older posts I typed while I was offline, so I need to get on top of posting those.

Happy Creative endeavors.

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Technology

October 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM (Uncategorized)

The laptop is having issues so I can’t access much of the pre-written posts. That doesn’t mean I have to stop writing, right? I have access to my page via my tablet, and I know things will just have to get done at a different pace.

I’m hoping the laptop will get back in shape as my screenwriting software is on there, and makes formatting a breeze. If I have to it can get written all out and formatted later. I’m a bit of a mess right now. The laptop stalling isn’t the end of the world, but I am dependent on it functioning.

Stress later. I need to stay creative, and not freak out as it solves nothing. Bouncing back from chaos always feels so rough. I’ve done it before. I can do it again.

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The Turmoil Post

September 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM (Chaos, Creativity, Health, Productivity) (, , , , )

Every now and then, there’s enough chaos going on to upset the balance of my life. To this fact, I find myself unable to perform the simplest of creative endeavors. Rather than be upset, I shall strive to keep striving. I feel like a hot mess, but at the same time, I wish to at least update my blog. Hopefully the turmoil will subside.

Writing has ranged from a few smatterings of plots and ideas being written, to nothing. This is weird. It seems like my talent has abandoned me, it hasn’t. I gotta pull myself together.

EDIT: The weather outside looks good, after several days of rain and gloomy skies. I see the sun, and it’s warmer than it was previously.

The puddles of rain have gone, and the ground’s saturated with water. I make this observation in part to get my mind on the world around me, and to write a little more. Seems simple, but I can say I put some energy towards my craft. Small victories and all.

Happy Creative Endeavors.

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9/12/14 The Second Wind

September 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

So I cooked, got overheated, and needed rest. Before I cooked, I did open a Word file, stared at it, and wrote a few lines down. It wasn’t bad, and it was a scene that is dialog free, and I think it doesn’t need any. I also got some ideas for a scene that precedes it, and wrote it out. Now a simple piece of a page is five pages, so I am going in the right direction.

I’ll be opening a new file a little later because I need to write out a scene in my head, and even if it’s a few lines, I want to see it out of my head, and onto the file.

 

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9/12/14 Now You’re Cooking

September 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

Cooking spaghetti, and it’s a process for the sauce. The noodles is fairly simple, and its not 100% made from scratch, but still, I like cooking. This is me sitting down and resting me feet. Let me add that my kitchen is HAWT. Even my beard is sweating. It never sweats.

First I did use a ready-made sauce. If I had the money, I’d buy fresh seasonings (garlic, basil, and parsley). I used what I had on hand to jazz up the jar sauce (Prego). I sweated some onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers for the sauce. I added bay leaf, dried basil, salt, pepper, and a tiny bit of sage. I added a dash of sugar to cut the acidic taste of the tomatoes. I also added cook then add Italian sausage and ground beef last. Now the pot’s on simmer, letting all the flavors have a party together.

After cooking, I found myself overheated, as it’s pure summer weather, and needed to go lay down. I did manage to cool down some, so that’s a plus, and as I write this, I’ve worked more on the script, which is a separate post.

Happy creative endeavors.

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9/12/14 Good Morning

September 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

Hello World. I’m up and about far sooner than I wanted to be, however, I did go to bed early. Trust me, I tried to go back to sleep once I realized it was early, but my mind was active, imagining all sorts of scenes and scenarios for everything.

It’s gotten slightly cooler than usual (summer like blasts humid heat in the southeast). Noticed that it got darker sooner as well. I welcome some cooler temps, and less heat. My mind is not ready to write yet. Perhaps after some hot tea, I’ll be in a working mindset.

Have to say, as I type this, I do miss the internet, and keep pressing the browser icon out of pure habit to check my messages. Eventually, if I leave the house, I may stop by the library and check my messages.

Might as well get some chores done to get me moving, and my thoughts going. I’m looking at you, laundry bag. Time to make some clothes as fresh and clean as Tide can get them. If I do the laundry now, I won’t have to think about them this weekend.

Happy creative endeavors.

P.S. I’m gonna open another blank Word file until I get something on that page to fill it with.

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9/11/14 Staring at a Blank File (What you Gonna Do?)

September 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

Did not feel like writing today, and yet I did. It’s all good. I gotta put something down for the script, or I will feel like I’m procrastinating. Had some things like making a list of the scripts and screenplays to see what I often work on. So this post ends now with me opening a Word file, and staring at it until I put some material on there.

UPDATE: For the record, I wrote out two pages after thinking I had nothing to go on. It’s good to prove myself wrong, and to get material done. It’s more than I expected, and better than I hoped for to convey some simple transactions.

If I have any tip about feeling like you can’t write something. I challenge you to open a Word file or whatever medium you prefer, and write down some stuff. A smattering of dialogue, a dab of description, or a plot point. It may be a little bit at the moment, but perhaps the following day you can turn it into something worthwhile. No one said a first draft is supposed to be perfect. Mine rarely are.

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