9/10/14 III: Sexy Little Vignette

September 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM (Challenges, Creativity, Erotic, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

Hello All,

A few months ago, I wrote out some dialogue concerning an exchange between a lady and a knight. Decided that yesterday was the perfect time to flesh out the story (no pun intended) a little more. Put a few descriptions here and there, not impede the flow, but set the scene. I need to reread it soon to get a feel for what I put down.

Said story is a sexy little fantasy ditty about falling for a seduction. I was goofing off a lot, and playfully wrote the exchange, which made it fun and curious for me. When I added some details, the ditty became a three-page story. Part of me wants to write more, like how the knight arrived to the lady’s keep, what happens after the seduction. It would cease to be a vignette, where I’ve captured a moment, but it might be worth exploring.

Happy creative endeavors.

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9/10/14 II: The Treatment

September 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM (Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Rewriting, Writing) (, , , , )

To discuss earlier from post 9/10/14, I wrote a treatment (plot summary) a while back for a Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama with hopes of turning it into a screenplay. I left it alone for months, and spotted it on 9.10.14. I re-read the treatment, and made a few on the spot revisions, and added the revision date to the text.

Let me say that for those not in the know, Douglas Sirk directed several interesting melodramas, including, All That Heaven Allows, and Written on the Wind. To clarify, I’m not trying to recreate these melodramas, but give my own take on a melodrama. Knowing me there will be a healthy dose of humor, and dark elements. Sort of a dark melodramatic comedy with hints of absurdist elements.

I can say, after reading the treatment, the ending needs a lot of work. It looks like info cram in act three, and that really turns me off. At the same time this is a draft, and at the time, the ideas needed to be placed on file so that I understood where characters were coming from. If it annoys me, then the next few passes at rewriting the treatment will evenly disperse and revise the material.

What I like about the treatment is when I wrote it, I thought the story was about tangled relationships, and it is, but a lot of it has to do with the consequence of being a sidepiece to someone who is in a committed relationship. The thing that’s melodramatic in this story, to me is how messed up some of the characters behave, and in old melodramas, it was about being constrained by the rules and expectations of domestic situations.

It needs more work before I feel it’s a presentable product to start working on as a screenplay, and I hope to get a chance to really redraft this treatment soon.

Happy Creative Endeavors

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September 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM (Creativity, Productivity, Rewriting, Screenwriting, Writing) (, , , , )

NOTE: I’m without internet for a few days, so I decided that I shall write my blog posts in Word, and post them when my internet is restored. For me this is a lesson in maintaining my writing in spite of circumstances beyond my control. So, for those who read them (thank you), and in some of these posts I incorporate the date in the title and hopefully they won’t confuse people. I may just call them “retroposts.”

Last night I worked on the second episode of the fantasy story. It took a little doing, and building from a few scraps of ideas, but I got to page seven, so I’m pleased with that progress. Also sorted out a couple of ‘displaced” scenes from earlier drafts that fit episode two. It’s a keep working and writing type of deal.

Made back-ups of my files today. The goal, was not to forget to do this more often, so in case I have a crash, there’s a spare. While looking over the flash drive, I noticed that there was a treatment I wrote a while ago. A quick peak at it, had me revising parts of it, as the material looked fresh. It had a date on it, which I didn’t change just added todays date to the material and marked it as progress. Will back that up, and possibly think on the theme, main characters, and what happens. Will tell more about this one in a separate post.

Hope to do more writing on the script, and keep plugging away for success. That’s all anyone can do.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Tuesday Post

September 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM (Fantasy, Productivity, Scripts, Well-Being, Writing) (, , , , )

Writing the second episode produced some anxiety yesterday, and the output was slim. The story needed a new scene to open up with, and my mind seemed to rebel. Finally, when push came to shove, I decided to write a scrap of something, which produced a a page. It’s a simple page, but that page marinated in my brain overnight, so new ideas pop forth.

There are some scenes already written, but things need to fit. Also I discovered the heart of this series, as I built an issue that needs to be investigated and resolved. This is good for me to have a stronger focus, but it means I have to make sure the other characters tie to this central plot. Otherwise the arc is going to go flat in some areas and stronger in others. Somehow all these characters, plots, and scenes have to tie together.

In effect I have to reinforce the theme(s), maintain the A, B, and C stories and keep progress. I understand my anxiety just a little better after writing this information. I was ready to try a different project to “get away” from this, but that’s what I did with the novel, and stories that had longer commitments. I need to complete what I started. Even though I said I wanted three episodes, I may end up completing four. Nothing to it, but to do it.

Happy creative endeavors.

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First Draft for Episode One is Complete

September 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM (Fantasy, First Drafts, Genre, Scripts, Writing) (, , , , )

Yesterday, episode one got done. It’s a real rough draft, but all the parts fit. It’s time to move onto episode two. Parts of the second episode is already written, as there were scenes pushed back out of episode one when adhering to the structure of television scripts, and expanding on scenes and themes.

For my journey into episode two, there needs to be a quick outline, and then going from there. I already know and can “see” events that take place. For the record, the genre of this show is fantasy, and was written in mind as a premium cable network show. It didn’t mean I didn’t need to brush up on TV story structure and try to hit the right beats. The goal of three stories is simply what I wanted to do in order to make the vision of this series open up, and look viable.

Eventually I’ll have to go back and do a tough set of edits, but for the moment, momentum is important, and I’m hoping to finish episode two far quicker than I did episode one. I have a feeling this will happen. For the moment I am very happy. It’s a victory to want to get something done, feel that progress was made, and moving forward. With that, I’m a get something to eat, and go write more. Write, write, write.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Short Sunday Post

September 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

Been off my game with the postings, so this one will, be short and sweet. Still writing and working on the scripts. There have been a couple of unexpected turns in the plot that I liked.  I really need to step up my game, and get things into shape with this. Spent far too long revising and updating for a TV series. Granted, I’m not in any type of production, but I feel like I want to work faster without less and less worries. Perhaps after the process, i’ll be in better shape to get stuff done in a more efficient manner.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Do The Thing

September 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM (Blogging, Challenges, Chaos, Upsets, Well-Being) (, , , , )

Happy Labor Day. It doesn’t mean a day off for me, as writing must get done, and writing is good work. First, I had a couple of weird dreams that stayed with me, so I’ve been writing them out. One of them is a plot. Not sure where that’s going just yet. It goes to the back burner. The other one needs to be be written, and I think from the imagery in my head it has a horror/supernatural aspect to it. Again, the back burner for things.

Eventually will get into the script today. My brain is a little messed up on the progress.  My notes are a bit discombobulated. That might have to do with the fact that when I last worked on it, I was highly annoyed and distracted by outside forces, and had to stop writing, of face screaming and running out of the house and around the block until I passed out. That would’ve been pretty ugly.

I just feel like the rug was snatched from under me, and now I need a moment to regather, focus and write, like there was a paycheck and a deadline behind this, and this blog post. My promise for this day is to make sense of what I started and committed to completing the thing. After all, I have stuff I’ve back burned to get this done.  I’m frustrated again. I’m a get my shoes ready for a run around the block.  Why isn’t this working? I’m a stronger writer than this. I need to relax. Will endeavor to do better.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Lovely Migraine

August 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM (Family, Problem Solving, Scripts, Upsets, Writing) (, , , , )

Today I have a lovely migraine, and neck pain. I need to take something for this pain (just did). In the the meantime, I owe myself a blog post.

Yesterday I wrote, and finished off act II. I set a goal of fifteen pages, but ended up with fourteen. The way I see it, the act has a little wiggle room for adjustments, and not too tightly wound. That, or I can make a quick scene to wet someone’s appetite, but the content is for premium cable where there are not commercials.

Yesterday was also full of distractions, and I got so frustrated that work couldn’t be done. First my screenwriter software crashed. I only lost a half page of dialogue, but it pissed me off. Software restarted just fine, so nothing was corrupted. Next came dealing with family, and interactions. After the crash, and the bombardment, thinking went south, so I stopped writing for the day.

Today is migraine land, and in a moment I’m sure I won’t want to look at this darn screen. I’m rather annoyed with this. This extra strength stuff is taking some time to be effective. Gonna get some water, and relax.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Sassy Fridays

August 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM (Blogging, Brainstorm, Challenges, Imagination, Well-Being, Writing) (, , , , )

Today is the day to forget any woes or stupidity that comes our way. Today is the day to not only embrace our flaws, but to celebrate them. We do not hide our shames, but wear them proudly. Today we find outside the box solutions to all issues we cannot resolve. We do not give into despair. Save that ish for another day. If something bothers us, we leave it be for a short while until we realize that issue doesn’t matter in the long run. This is Sassy Friday.

Today I’m a write like a damn champ. If I can’t fix the woes in scripts, short stories, and whatever else I’m working on. If I can’t resolve it, then it’s good as is until it gets rewritten. I will enjoy the tedious process of story resolutions. Today I am king,. Woes get kicked in the nads. Life moves on. Better that a day be set aside for allowing attitude, and unrelenting attitude, than to sit and feel the bind of blahs, ughs, and woes.

Let’s keep it together, people. We will make it through all that tries to constrain us. Suck it, woes.

Happy creative endeavors.

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August 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM (Creativity, Productivity, Rewriting, Scripts, Writing) (, , , , )

Today I began writing my script again. This was a simple attempt to revise some dialog from a couple who cross paths. From that scene, I added other scenes that could use a touch up, including a confrontational scene, and a third meeting of the minds type of scene.  Now to incorporate them into the script. My slacking off has annoyed me, but happy to put something down in my Notes app and file for the script.

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