Let’s Get To It Already

Today’s title was inspired by Tracer, a hero from the Overwatch game.  The game’s usually fun, when some players aren’t being toxic. I like remembering the good about the game. That said, Tracer was hard to play. I always need practice with her, and at one point felt confident about using her in matches.  

I always try to find ways to inspire myself to write, and today, I randomly wrote a plot for a vampire story, which I still have no clue as to where it’s going, but I do have a main character, an antagonist who changes his loyalties, and another antagonist who for sure isn’t trading loyalties.  So I don’t know where I go from there, but I HOPE I get inspired to write a lot more plot down.  

That said plot is just that.  They ideas work well together, AND I like that it at least has that kind of flow (or pattern) I can see and work towards. It’s also supposed to be rough, and will remain so until I can commit to some research, better names, and making sure I know what medium I want (script, screenplay, novel, or comic book).  

So, like Tracer, I’m on the go.  Don’t stop me now, because I like the feeling, and on a roll.  

As always, happy creative endeavors.  

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Latte First

Despite being very, very sleepy (too early for me), I have this desire to write constructively as well as creatively.  What does that mean? In simplest terms it means that the writing is going places as opposed to a simple exercise.  So, it’s back onto my projects.

I need to remember the end goals, and keep pushing forward.  I woke up with more ideas in my head, and I can’t seem to get myself channeled into one area, but I feel this will take me some time. If I lay down the foundation, the rest should follow.

I need to finish drinking this latte first, though.

Falling Off The Wagon, and Getting Back On

Fell off the creative wagon for several weeks. To be honest, I’ve been doused in chaos, and it has gotten the best of me. The one good thing I rely on, is that I will always get back on the creative writing trail, and follow my dreams.  

That said, I need to get myself in order, and keep pushing myself towards greatness.  I remind myself, in these times, that this is my dream to be a creative writer, and that needs to happen for my happiness to be fulfilled. Yes, it’s work, yes it’s rough, but if I thought different of wanting this dream, I would have quit ages ago.  

This weekend I put effort into my online writing class, and soaking in some of the knowledge. I dropped the ball on participation, BUT I need to get back on, even if to hear what was being presented.  

For those who work, get delayed, and feel like they can’t get back on track, we all fall, we all fail. We also learn from our falls. It seems like a never ending cycle, but I truly believe we all can see the finish line. It simply requires us to work harder, and to an extent, suffer for it.  Sorta like running. It’s difficult for my out of shape self, but I bet if I kept at it, I could complete my goal.  

Happy creative endeavors.  

Who Beat the Breaks off My Week?

So I’m tryna be good, and stay positive, but stuff keeps on keeping on being chaotic.  A brother needs a latte before he goes any further.

My work schedule has gone to heck. There are days that I am the early morning person, middle of the day person, the closing person, and finally the weekend closing person. My sleep pattern, and my appetite rebelled against me, and I now suffer.  

This is on top of the news that my favorite game, Paragon is shutting down their servers in a few months, thus the game will no longer be available to play.  

For those not in the know, gaming can be a serious stress reliever for me. I play mostly for fun and distracting from otherwise stressful days. Paragon was go to game for stress relief. I put a lot of time and effort to figure out heroes, and what worked for me, only to now have to give the game up.   Bah.  

There will always be other games, but I enjoyed myself–be it playing with a team, or bot matches, and I truly wished this didn’t happen.  

I’m still writing, but I am such a hot mess, I’ll save that for another post.   

Happy creative endeavors.     

No Bad Dreams Allowed

Last night I had a dream where I decided to take up running. Cool running outfit and everything. As I ran, I was ready for the pain associated with me trying to exercise; shortness of breath, pain in my legs, and chest, and wanting to fall on the floor and lay there until I calm down.

To my surprise, there was no pain, or negative symptoms. Even better I felt energized, so I kept running.  I woke up from that dream feeling happy. It that moment I saw myself as strong, enduring, and moving towards greatness and happiness.

I like this dream, simple, sweet, and didn’t have me waking up feeling confused, disrupted, or upset — as sometimes my dreams can leave me in those states.  

For the record, I don’t know what this dream fully meant. My interpretation is that I’m doing something good, or about to go in the right direction. Can I have more dreams like this one?  

That said I wasn’t writing for a few weeks as things got very chaotic, BUT I think I was fortunate to have the luxury to abandon projects temporarily. As I review the notes I see them with fresher, eyes. Some things make more sense, and had me thinking and writing down  my thoughts.  

Happy creative endeavors.  

One Word At A Time

It’s one of those mornings where I’m up early, and need to take any writing one word at a time. Why? It seems like the creativity dried up and I loathe that feeling.  So I need to simply step back, relax, and look at this as one word at a time.  That or simply procrastinate until inspiration strikes, and who knows when that’s going to show up.

If life has taught me anything it’s that if I want something I have to make things happen. If I don’t I’ll be waiting around for a long, long time.

As always, happy creative endeavors.  

Malcontent and the Archetypes

It seems like January has become my research month as the topics have varied from genres to more dance-related topics. There’s also been some reading and watching of surreal films, but we’ll save that for later.

What has been on my mind at the moment is archetypes.   I’ve been trying to break away from what I considered writing main characters (MCs) as flat and passive.  For those not in the know, and archetype is-in simplest terms- the typical model of a subject.  Subject can be character, theme, genre, style etc.

In this case I’m looking at what archetypes may help me improve my characters and their stories.  For example, if I wanted to keep the current mode I’m working I may want to fully invest in my character(s) being stoic, or someone who struggles against adversity head on.

That said, I should not neglect other archetypes for my characters as they may yield some different or stronger results.  I listed a few that came to mind.

  • The malcontent character unhappy with his life, and people-in general.    
  • The hard-luck loser, who has a series of bad events knocking him on his behind all the time.  
  • The sensitive jerk who is poetic and a bonehead.  
  • The noble who does the right thing in spite of opposition and own welfare.  
  • The pushover who pets people handle him in order to get along with others.  

I could go on, but I wanted to list a few examples while brainstorming out possible different types of MCs to work with as opposed to one way to see the main character(s).  

As always, happy creative endeavors.