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.  

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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.    

 

Thresholds II

Also tragic story doesn’t have to end with the hero’s life, right?  What if the hero lost something of great value to them; wealth, family, reputation, happiness, sanity, health.

This loss would have a great impact on who they are: The athlete who could no longer compete due to health issues. The philanthropist who loved using his money to help others fulfill their dreams. The once proud writer accused of plagiarism who can’t get a call back.

Villains, in a lot of stories can be tragic heroes, and it gives them enough of a sympathy that their fall is both interesting, and memorable. Why aren’t the heroes this way?

Ultimately, for me, the writer, a hero has to at least be brought to the edges of defeat, or at least close enough to know and feel the the weight of the stakes involved in the wins or loss. It’s rather scary to me.

Thresholds I

Today’s writing question: Would you dare write your characters as tragic heroes? I ask this as it bothers me to think of my heroes in such a bad way, knowing their actions will lead to their own undoing. This is coming from someone who loves to put his heroes through a lot of paces, BUT none of it has lead to them to their deaths.

By contrast I love strength through adversity, which is why my heroes take a beating and keep on moving towards their greatness.   

I ask this question because it forces me to think about turning ALL the screws to heroes who are possibly paying the ultimate price for their actions, and it’s not necessarily a noble sacrifice. Needless to say, I would be plotting and chronicling some serious emotional and physical pain that may or may not be fun, yet compelling journeys. 

That said, what if I had tragic elements that threatened their worlds, but didn’t completely end the characters? It wouldn’t be a true tragic story, but the characters would come real close to danger, and/or death. They’d be fundamentally changed, or at least shook to their core over what could have happened to them.

 

Ice and Snow II

Yes, we still have ice and snow on the ground, and its cold outside. It ain’t pretty. i don’t want to go outside. I really don’t. I decided to get to writing. It meant bring up the laptop and starting a blog post.

Haven’t played music in a while so that will hopefully get me in a more creative mood.  For once, I decided to turn the console off  in favor of relaxing, and putting some ideas down.

Random thoughts and ideas come and go, so I need them on paper. or file. Also I need to get some research done while I wait.

BTW I don’t even know what type of music to play; classical, old school R&B, Prince, soundtracks, or J-Pop.  Something to elevate my mind and help me escape without being a game.  Let’s start with old school R&B and go from there.

It Snowed in North Charleston, SC

So we had snow for most of yesterday. Even late at night where it’s mostly dark, you could see outside, and that is also a rarity. That said, I’ve been inside, relaxing, and trying not to do much. Travel was next to impossible, unless you were bold as all get out, and I admit I am not a bold driver. 

The snow is still here, and it looks amazing. 

Writing wise I’ve gone deep into research I’ve been taking online writing classes for TV writing, writing drama, comedy writing, and will add a few more after I get myself together.  The comedy class currently is the odd man, as I have no intent of doing stand up, however it’s a different way of looking at creativity, and takes me out of my comfort zone. 

Creative endeavors, for me, has always been a learning process, so I’m going to learn something new.  
That said, I made some off handed jokes about some films, and someone pointed out that this should be the focus of the screenplays I want to work on. Why? In part they come from a satirical place I oftent dismiss in favor of what I think people want.  Jokes sometimes contain kernels of quality that I overlook, so my friend may be onto something.  

Anyways I gotta go jot things down while they’re freshly present.  

Happy creative endeavors.