Day Seven

April 20, 2014 at 11:52 AM (Challenges, Creativity, Novel, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

It took me a while before I could get my mandatory three pages completed yesterday. My mind was not on a creative tip like I wanted it to be, and there was this waiting period where I did everything but write.  The moment things quieted down, I rewrote the passage I didn’t like from earlier that needed revisions. The creative flood gates opened, and I produced little more than the minimum pages needed to meet the daily mark.

Before that creative burst, my fear of not completing today’s pages led me to think that perhaps there should be a break in writing this novel. I do like the idea of a “divorce” from some projects, as time away from a project can allow the gift of seeing the project anew. That wasn’t what I needed at that point. I needed to quiet my busy mind, which was filled with other thoughts, and things to get done.

Eventually I will have to sit down and examine what my main character wants/needs, and what’s going on, and if the concept/premise still holds true, however i still feel a need to write without overthinking it all. If arise in the story, then let it.

One a plus note, I’m on top of the three pages worth of writing for Sunday. That’s tomorrows post.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Day Six

April 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM (Challenges, Creativity, Novel, Productivity, Writing) (, , , , )

Did the required three pages yesterday, and before bed had ideas for other stories, so those got jotted down too. Keeping the focus on the novel. At the three pages a day rate, Sunday means will have twenty-one pages. It is a slow start, and a safe bet, as I know I can write the three pages, but to lay down the foundations is worth it. To be honest, starting with one full page a day may have worked as well. I would always write more than one out of habit. 

At the moment, the story I’ve written so far is very disjointed, in spite of the fact that I followed a premise, and stuck to it. Everything so far is composed of raw scenes. Many of the scenes were written to get them out of my head, and onto pear, so the fractured element was to be expected. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about how this  story will shape up, but that’s also expected. It’s a good type of worry, because I have’t stopped writing. I liken it to the start of a drawing or painting. All I could do is keep working until it shaped up.

Already started on today’s writing. The first pieces I wrote I didn’t like, and will give it a few more passes.  After a much needed coffee break, I wrote out lines of dialog for a scene, and I do like what I started. I will have to see how this shapes up, and report it tomorrow. What I do hope for, in the upcoming week, is for me to have a tighter focus on the novel. For scenes to be sharper, and clearer. For more pages to flow in an ambitious way with more details. I want to see more completed scenes, and chapter growth. I also what characters to develop stronger, individual voices. In my free time, I want to look at movies and scenes that could inspire my creation. It should prove to be fun and challenging.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Day Five

April 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM (Writing, Creativity, Challenges, Productivity, Novel) (, , , , )

Didn’t sleep well the night before, and I wish I had that time to relax and gather my thoughts. I am not a morning person. I’m afraid that my constant errands got in the way of me doing more writing. Since I did the three pages already, I was at least covered for the day. It feels like a disappointment, however, I believe that stumbles happen. Not that meeting the minimum is a stumble. It’s that I wanted more for the course of yesterday.

The errands weren’t too bad, most of it felt like a success. For example, getting a haircut made me feel good, sharp, attractive. I need that. My hair was getting a bit rough, and by rough, I mean completely unmanageable. There was a meeting to attend while I tried to get myself together. I felt like I was going into multiple directions. What was the worst tasks fro yesterday was trying to find my misplaced infer for some passwords. I felt like a fool, and also organized my room a little, in order to get things together. 

Late last night I had several non-novel ideas decide that this was the perfect time to pop in my head. Then, I was compelled to at least put them on paper. I’ll have to leave them where they are. It seems that once I put all effort into the novel, the floodgates for new and solutions for older stories show up in my head. OMG, it’s got me a hot damn mess. I’ll happily commit fresh ideas to paper or file, but I need to get three pages in today.

I did have an idea of an action scene for this story, and I am curious as to how it plays out. The only way to find out is to write it out, and see if it makes sense.

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Day Four: The Effort Counts

April 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM (Creativity, Novel, Pen to Paper, Productivity, Prose, Writing) (, , , , )

In spite of having an errand-filled day, and having more errands to do today, those three pages got written for my current novel. I was positive nothing but a few paragraphs would be written, and have maybe a page and a half worth of writing completed by bedtime. I surprised myself. Got myself to a calm and quiet zone, and wrote out material.

What made the night even sweeter is After I wrote my three pages of material, I wanted to write out a few paragraphs I could use as the start of scenes to jump start today. To my surprise there were three additional pages of material completed. I was more than happy with the results. It pushes me ahead a little. I still have one more scene in my head that needs to be written out, and when the errands get done, I can at least put one paragraph down, and see what jumps off from there.

The goal is to keep writing and working to make sure the story has a foundation. I have to admit a lot of it is disjointed, and missing integral parts no doubt, I’m going to add those missing scenes to round out the story. There are at least two characters I haven’t introduced yet, that need to be introduced that I think need to be seen soon. I thought of a couple of odd ones in my dreams last night that I still remember. Not sure if they belong yet.

I’m very happy this bit of writing breakthrough came to me, and it gave me the hope that when I’m worried or preoccupied to at least put the effort towards working on material.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Day Three

April 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM (Challenges, Novel, Productivity, Upsets, Well-Being) (, , , , )

There’s no writing as of your, but in my procrastinating defense, I’ve been busy, and I still have the rest of the day to get my three pages together.  Yesterday was far easier, as one scene took up a lot of my time, and while sleeping, I kept thinking I could make it better overall. I dunno if that’s true, but it’s on my brain. Dunno if that’s anxiety, or me not being able to let go and work towards the next step of the story.  Perhaps going forward I can try the techniques that are lodged in my brain.

I got a few things done by sitting in the patio and writing for a few mins.  That’s how I got the bulk of my paragraphs. I was able to remove all the outside stimuli. The same can be done with headphones, but it was nice outside. It was raining. I was sheltered from the rain. However, the annoying gnats found me tasty, and bit until it was time to get the heck outta dodge and let them know, I’m off the freaking menu. I so need to invest in some insect repellent soon.

Well I put more effort into blogging than I did in writing, and that needs to change.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Evanescence-Made of Stone

April 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM (Music) (, )

Because I love many Evanescence songs, and this remix caught my ear. To tie it back to films, the song was part of the Underworld Awakening. Yes , I saw the film. I didn’t like it. There seemed to be a direct removal of all the elements that made the other underworld interesting (the romantic/sexual tensions). That’s for another day.

The song wasn’t released as a single, and you can’t buy the individual song from iTunes. You have to buy the entire CD. Too bad. I’d buy this one. There’s always the original version that’s per single from their self-titled release.

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Day Two

April 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM (Creativity, Novel, Prose, Writing) (, , , , )

Good morning, world. Today is about working on this novel, and expecting respectable progress, as opposed to feeling like I’ve been stumped by my own thoughts. Don’t want to think too hard about the story other than the first write up I did on the concept, so that means getting stuff down. Something worthwhile to add to the story. For the record I’m not afraid of rewriting. Did a little of it yesterday, as a few scenes needed that. They didn’t work, and that annoyed me. Still today, one of the scenes needed rewriting, as the sense doesn’t work for me.

Since I insist on a minimum requirement of  three written pages a day, I’ve had this on my mind since I awakened. If I work now on the first page, the rest falls into place a little later. It’s gonna be a one word a day moment if it has to be. I insist on getting the minimum done. Admittedly, at the start of the day it’s very distracting, and that’s a pain and bother to get through. Perhaps this is a good opportunity to use headphones and forget the outside stimuli. So let’s hope I have something to put in my progress report.

Now to pick out some music for writing. I don’t even know what’s gonna work. Better experiment. perhaps something instrumental.

Happy creative endeavors.

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The Late Night Post

April 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM (Uncategorized)

It’s a short and sweet post tonight (or down and dirty, you decide). I decided to work on a novel, and see how far I can take it. I’d like to see at least three pages of writing per day, and moving on from there. If I go over the daily goal, it’s good, but I’d like to make sure the three pages get in. For planning sakes, I need to back up the file as well.

I picked three because it’s a simple number for me to achieve, and I want it to be attainable. Sometimes I don’t feel like I can make a lot of things happen in the course of a day, but three pages can happen. All I had to do is introduce two of the three main characters today, and I did that. Tomorrow, I need to get character three on the page. Next how I get them to team up, and meet the mentor of the story has yet to happen.

Happy creative endeavors.

Live long and prosper.

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A List

April 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM (Challenges, Creativity, Productivity, Well-Being, Writing) (, , , , )

Today I cleaned some of the junk out of my car, and discovered a folded piece of paper. Opened it up and found a list. I can’t remember when I wrote it, or why I wrote it down, BUT it obviously meant something to me at the time. Now that the note’s been rediscovered, I decide to share the info, as it seems to be ten things to do to improve one’s writing life. I’ll let those who read it decide if it’s of any deeper value or not to them.

For all I know, these are simple reminders for me to do when writing. That makes this my personal “to do” list, but since I didn’t make a note or label the list, I simply have it. This reminds me that sometimes writing can have an impact, or have different meanings to a variety of people. Context can man a lot to material, and with or without a reference, it still have weight and meaning.

  1. Start a simple routine.
  2. Take writing one word at a time.
  3. Writing is rewriting.
  4. Research helps broaden perspectives.
  5. Breath, be healthy, relax, enjoy experiences.
  6. Be grateful for the things you have, and strive for better.
  7. Fear is not the enemy.
  8. Respect and honor yourself  as well as your goals.
  9. Speak with wisdom and authority.
  10. Comprehensive writing is a must.

As always, happy creative endeavors, and have a good week.

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Screenwriting Bliss

April 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM (Uncategorized)

Had to put gas in the ride, on a super tight budget-which ate the budget. I’m depleted, so I’m a pray for restoration, and more positive energy and thoughts. Got the coffee-which is strong as all get out-drink, and dove into writing, which is good way to start the day.

Listening to Utada Hikaru’s Ultra Blue. The songs have magic for me. I never looked for lyrical translations for her songs. Something about not knowing the lyrics and feeling the mood and energy of the music inspires me to be creative. One day I’ll list the non-English songs I love to listen to.

Project-wise, I have some characters I want to develop, and write out what I think will happen in the story. It’s a new day, and I can only take things one step at a time. One word at a time. I’d love to see effort placed in writing projects today. It’s something not worth discussing too much before it’s created, but rather after I get it done. I will say writing blog posts do help me sort out some thoughts for the better, which makes blogging so worth the time and effort placed into writing posts.

For example, I wrote some concepts that I didn’t think would be good as screenplays because they were very absurdist in concept, and very outside the box, BUT how will I know if they are any good unless I write them out like screenplays. I have a feeling I’ve got some niche b-movies in my hand, to entertain and enjoy. This means instead of trying prose concepts, I’m gonna go for some serious screenplay writing.

At the very least, Thank God, the meh feeling from yesterday went away. Write, write, write.

Happy creative endeavors.

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