Writing Exercises

Today I came up with random character descriptions to see if I could make main characters (MC) who weren’t too passive in their own story.

Let’s see:

  • Broke, drunk ho who needs to pay off gambling debts over having a good time.
  • Slacker who hates his job of preventing the apocalypse from starting.
  • Witless, vain romantic who causes drama and heartbreak everywhere they travel.
  • Shameless social climber not afraid to stab friends in the back for personal gain.
  • Reckless blabbermouth who feels satisfied spreading gossip and lies.

As I said, these are random character ideas, just to get me in the mind of making characters less passive and more active in their own stories.

If I had to modify these, I would add some goofiness to them, really because I like goofy things, and have a hyper imagination. By goofy I also mean weird and fun to me.

So:

  • Broke, drunk ho is desperate to pay off gambling debts to slug gangsters and vicious loan roaches who want their money, or they’re gonna feed the MC to the angry ants.

Mind you, I find this totally gross, however, I wonder if I can make that work.  It’s not on my “to do” list of stories, but it’s funny to keep my mind to work. It’s all super random and needs a lot more work, but this is part of the learning process.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Dreaded Math Factoring II

As per my past post, this is what my notes have lead me conclude is the backbone of formatting a TV script. This isn’t set in stone, and this is a learning process for me.

TEASER/COLD OPEN: 3 pages

ACT 1 (12 Pages)

A Story: 5 Pages

B Story: 4 Pages

C Story: 3 Pages

ACT 2 (9 Pages)

A Story:  5 Pages

B Story: 4 Pages

ACT 3 (9 Pages)

A Story: 5 Pages

B Story: 4 Pages

ACT 4 (12 Pages) 

A Story: 5 Pages

B Story: 4 Pages

C Story: 3 Pages

ACT 5 (12 Pages)

A Story: 5 Pages

B Story: 4 Pages

C Story: 3 Pages

TAG: 3 Pages

Total: 60 Pages

NOTE: I haven’t included a space for act outs. Act Outs are at the end of each act, which leaves the viewer on a cliffhanger, and the spot for a commercial. Since not all programs use commercials (major cable networks) I would have to take a page from each act for this element.

The numbers would still have the same total, but one of the story lines would have their last scene serve as the act out.

Monday, Not Cranky

Sometimes I have to be grateful for little victories. I sometimes get up and am crank the whole day. Today I woke up, did what had to be done, and now I’m awake with no signs of being highly irritated. That alone feels great.

That said I was a LAZY writer over the weekend. I lived to distract, procrastinate, and have time for family. Decided maybe, just maybe might be time for an RPG game because playing MOBAs has stressed me.

When playing with people, they either work together, or they fall apart as a team. After a few matches that turned into hot messes, I had enough. None of that made me want to write though.  I embarrass myself.

I’ve also been in an online class to write better for TV. Typing my notes gave me an opportunity to review what I was processing, and I rethought the spec pilot fantasy script I wrote a while back. For clarity, I wrote a pilot and two additional episodes.  HATED the first episode, and rewrote parts of it extensively.

The second was tossed and rewritten, and I liked the third.  It seems I worked my way up to a likable spot. Still, I need to look at this and see if I can make it work. I enjoyed writing, it was that I was inadequately able to give the material the polish it needs.

Writing is very much a long, long road. Yet, I never want to give it up, or not try to make better stories.

Happy creative endeavors.

Howdy

Let”s keep this short and sweet since I am busy, and hungry.  I needs a meal.  I am writing, and I found myself listening to videos from screen and television writers on how to improve my craft. I needed this, and hope to get energized by the end of the week for writing.  Other than that, all I can do is keep pushing forward.

Happy creative endeavors.

Sunday

Today I woke up knowing I didn’t do any writing yesterday when I had free time, and that’s really on me.  It was truly free time where no one was around to disrupt me, and I didn’t necessarily feel like playing games at the time. I wanted to relax, and enjoy my free time.  So I was a bit indulgent.

I did contemplate a several ideas, BUT I was slack in writing thoughts down.  For the record, I wasn’t playing games all day, I just ran a gang of scenarios through my imagination, and failed to capitalize on my own creativity.

That said, I am now at a moment where I can at least write a blog post, so I should lead my writing with something decent. At this point for story content, if I can do five sentences in a day, that would be more productive than I was yesterday.  Something to keep me going forward, and not stagnant.

I really need to make myself write more–for better or worse.

Happy creative endeavors/

 

I Need A Distraction

This distraction needs to be a writing task. For some reason I feel I am so far off track with ideas and can’t get myself together. Perhaps it’s time to start a new screenplay or script for a comic to get my mind off my current project.

So this will get my gears going and help me focus on something that’s productive since I can’t get this novel to gel the way I need to.  Screenplays I can get done and focus on.  I feel like a mess right now.

Something’s stressing me out, and I need it to go away ASAP. This means looking at what’s going on.  Time to start a day journal and see where my time goes. It may be that I’ve gamed too much and now I’m bored that I’m not gaming.  Life is more than games, despite the fun they are.  Games ain’t paying my bills, nor is it 100% fulfilling me.

If it were a job though. I wonder how good I’d be.  LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

So Not Together

This weekend has been me, not putting my best foot forward as towards writing.  While I have been writing, it has been sporadic, and not with any intent of completing anything. I feel kinda bad about that, but unless I get off my duff, nothing is gonna happen in regards to things happening.

That said I did write down a lot of random ideas, and thing of the direction I needed to go for not only my novel, but what else am I writing at the moment. It doesn’t help that I am obsessed with gaming to a point that it’s what I want to do with free time.  While gaming is pleasurable, it’s not writing.  I’ve put myself in a hole of sorts.

What does this mean? It means I need to get on point.  If I can put the effort into writing like I do games, I think I can get more done.  Also, sometimes I feel very, very frustrated by the writing process. I was POSITIVE I locked down the total direction of the novel, but I was wrong.

 

Gotta figure stuff out.

Happy creative endeavors.