Stage One

Yesterday, before doing any gaming, I made sure to get some writing done. I needed to type up my ideas to keep on my schedule. This was done while being mildly distracted by family activities, but I got done what I set out to do.

Ultimately I picked out four ideas, and two additional ones as alternate selections (more on this later), and wrote down what I needed to look at for inspiration as a start for getting into the project.   I also typed out the ideas, knowing I’d think over them overnight, revise them today, and develop the premises.

One thing that happened, late last night, was that two of my story ideas were too similar. They were both fantasy-based stories. While one was in an urban setting and had a horror-supernatural vibe, the other was in a fantasy world, and that was really the only main difference.

Both MC’s were investigators, solved crimes, and had contentious relationships with their bosses. I’m not sure these ideas are different enough to warrant being written at the same time.

I may give this a day to mull over, but I’m sure I can merge these two, and pick one of the alternate choices (also urban fantasy). I feel the alternate idea is vastly different from either previous screenplays.

I also looked over genres of the chose screenplays. It’s mainly a variation of fantasy, actions/adventure, or supernatural, so I need each of them to stand up on their own without blending into each other.

To keep each story distinct, I need to add strong themes to each story, and hold to them. This will come from the MC’s personal conflict, and will likely evolve as the story is written.

This is getting complicated already. I like that.

Happy creative endeavors.

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Let’s Get To It Already

Been typing my notes on writing for television, and it helps me keep up with what I wrote down. Sort of refreshing the information for me. Plus it looks neater than before. I’ve gone back a couple of times and wrote notes or thoughts on top of my typed notes.  I feel like I never left college.  LOL

Today will about two or three trial runs of plot outlines for stories. This is simply an exercise to get me into staying creative.  I will take 3 sheets of paper.  Dived each sheet into five parts, which represent the five acts of  a TV script/episode. The goal is to write down what happens in  each act.

One of these runs will be the story I wrote about in the premise I’ve been discussing on the blog. The second will be a previous pilot I wrote but know already it needs rewriting to fit the format properly. The last is up in the air, BUT I’m thinking of converting my novel into a TV outline.

Gotta get on top of this, but I’m glad I wrote a post first.  Puts things in perspective.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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.

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.

Monday Mash

I have to admit I went a bit game crazy this weekend. Final Fantasy XIV has some pre-release time for Stormblood, but I took my character to a new job, and I need to get a stronger feel for it.  Next I’ve been playing Smite so much that I’ve been trying to figure out how to build better characters.  I’m a bit obsessed.

That said, some ideas ran through my head that I need to address soon. The first is brevity. What I’ve noticed, in my notes is that I haven’t gotten down to the point of the story or the scene.  it’s bothered me a lot because I KNOW I can pull this off, if I take the time to stop BSing myself.

So it’s time for a writing exercise to get this story ironed out.

Happy creative endeavors.