Change is Good…Sometimes

Sometimes change is good, and it’s better for writing, because writing is rewriting, however there are times what I know and do-in regards to writing -doesn’t really compute.

Wrote tings that I know can and will change, however I’m a bit stuck because I’m too attached to the material. So I need to leave some items alone for a while. That way I hope I can “divorce” myself from from the story.  This way I will look at it and be willing to cut or change without holding too much onto it.

Case in point, I have a script I have been thinking of lately, and I remember hating the ending, and there was a point where I *din’t* want to change the main characters, but forced myself to do it, because it wasn’t working.  I tweaked and tweaked trying to resit the change until I got frustrated.

Now, if I look at the script (and subsequent episodes), I know I’ve spent time away to make changes.  So maybe I can go back, reclaim and revise without too much attachment to it.  I don’t feel hesitation or reservation to cut or alter. Also I’ve had enough time to think of a new ending.

Also I need to make room for a couple of screenplays. Was talking with my brother and told him that was into some action films, and need to write a couple of my own.  I sense a  new project in my future.  Hopefully it will help me resolve older material too.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Thursday Progress

Last night I think I at least completed the first draft of this chapter for the novel. It is, more or less a crossing of the threshold for the hero. At least more than I realized when i originally wrote the outline. This changes some things for me., as I know what’s going to happen next, however, that changes slightly now that we’re in act two, but I think I can make the necessarily adjustments. I may need to go back and adjust the outline, just the same.

I know act one is a bit of a mess with this one guiding light. Things have really shifted, but I am sure I can clean this text up there as well. I had a few false starts, and I have some writing I’m loving that needs to be cleaned and organized.  I’m tempted to go back and make the changes necessary before pushing forward. I also have to open up a few chapters for some breaks from the main hero to some other characters, and introduce the MC’s allies.

What I’ve noticed with the current writing is I need to place more time on character interaction, reactions, and conflicts.  Otherwise nothing’s happening of true interest other than me indulging myself.

So I need to do some more writing. One word at a time. I also know a couple of scenes need to be revised because they are good but lack some oomph. I can do this. I know I can.

Now for math: if I have twenty-five chapters and they average ten pages minimum, I’ll have two-hundred fifty pages.  That’s a lotta writing.

Happy creative endeavors.

Fifteen Points Part I

Well, just cause I talked about it, I now have to share this. On Tuesday’s post, I mentioned I used a fifteen point plot. My friend Sarah told me this, so credit where credit is due.

It’s fairly simple, so I hope it helps. First thing’s first. In order to do this you’re simply writing the first part of your plot, and the the resolution to this. This is points one and fifteen. By the way, I made up this plot for this example.

It’s not a foolproof method, and subject to revisions, but this is where it starts.

1:    Nico and Helga get stuck in traffic, and Helga’s water breaks (expecting next month).
15:  Helga delivers a healthy baby, her family and Kole’s  family visits her. She cries.

I don’t know how, but that’s what happens. I would go to two and fourteen next.

2:  Helga reveals the baby’s not Nico’s but his friend Kole’s.
14: Helga’s relationship with Nico is over. Kole doesn’t answer his phone.

You get the picture. Three and thirteen.

3: Helga calls Kole, and Nico has to listen to this mess.
13: Nico visits Helga at the hospital.

Four and twelve:

4: Nico calls for an ambulance, as the contractions start.
12: While delivering, Helga calls for Nico but wishes Kole was there.

Five and eleven:

5:  Helga admits Nico doesn’t excite her, Kole does, but Nico is stable and kind.
11:  Nico tries to wrap his head around this betrayal by the people he loves the most who still want him in their lives.

Six and Ten:

6: The ambulance arrives, and Nico and Helga part ways.
10: Though, upset, Helga has to focus–She’s having the baby.

Seven and nine:

7:The traffic clears up, and Kole sends Nico a few text messages.
9: Nico deletes all the messages.

Eight stands by itself.

8: Kole calls his parents, who have some harsh words for him.

More on this via part two.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Confessions of A Wanna-Be Bizarro Novelist

Technically the title is misleading. I believe that you are or aren’t what you want to be in life, so “wanna-be” just sounded silly enough to fit the title my post. Today I am riddled with congestion and allergy woes, and the meds can’t work fast enough, but they are working, and I’m drinking a lot of water to thin the grossest of mucus out. I digress.

I believe I mentioned this a while ago; my novel is in the bizarro genre. For those not in the know, bizarro is like cult films. It blends various genre elements such as weird, surreal, absurd, satire, parody, fantasy, and science fiction. It is always entertaining. Many times odd or grotesque. It can be a lot of fun to write. It is also a challenge to work towards. This means I need to go back and reread my notes from my bizarro workshop, just to refresh my brain.

For the record, my novel is chock-full of goofy passages and ripe with bizarro aesthetics, but sometimes I don’t feel like its goofy or entertaining, and that’s cause I’m in the middle of writing it. Writing and rewriting is a pain in the ass sometimes. That doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary, or it isn’t going to happen, because it is going to be rewritten. That’s part of the gig, and as much as I protest, I like revisions. As my screenwriting professor instilled in me, “writing is rewriting.”

Let me add, writing the outline was serious biz that didn’t feel funny when I wrote it. It’s a bare bones, tell the main points of what happens. The concept is goofy, and it fits the genre well, but giving just the facts is not funny. It’s direct and simple.

Sometimes it is frustrating to have that first pass at something, and not know how to make it work they way it is supposed to. For example, I wrote a chapter, hated how it ended, rewrote it, and don’t like how I left things in that second pass. Wisely, I stopped trying to fix it so I can “divorce” that ending, and see where I can fix or cut it. I’m thinking ruthless now, cause I will cut it if it doesn’t work, and partly being so technical with material has me feeling less goofy and keeping a critical eye.

That reminds me that I’ve been wondering if I need a prologue for this story, and if I do it needs to be short and sweet. Something less than six pages. The question is how goofy will it be, because it needs to set the tone without getting too heavy and too serious. I also want to take a quick assessment to see where I am so far, but what I’ve learned from the characters and story.

Humor is tough biz, but then again, I’m tough. Just gotta work through the kinks, and keep working to be better.

As always, happy creative endeavors.


Out With the Old, In with the New

Ever had a moment where you were so frustrated that you got over whatever it was that set you off? I’ve had many of those, and I am so glad for them. It’s the things in 2015 I don’t want to carry over into the new year.

I’ve been frustrated by creativity, and trying to resolve some stories, and I’m very over trying to decide on one factor over another.  Yes, some decisions needed to be made, but that’s part of the process.  No need to anguish over the little details.  Let the journey tech me if its right, wrong, or needs a stronger resolution.

The past year also taught me to go back and look over some of my guides and instructions. I totally threw some of the story structure out the window, and had to relearn some things in order to make the format work. So at the very least a simple basic is remastered.

Also feeling a need to delve into fine art.  Its something that I’ve been trained in, and to be honest, the best time I had discovering art was in a graduate art history class. Some of the stuff was odd, and I was indifferent to some it, but it reminds me of why art was important and communication is powerful.

Have a very happy, prosperous New Year,

Happy creative endeavors.

Hot Mess Friday

Not much going on today. Was ready to watch a couple of shows just to have a tad bit of escapism, and be technical on what I watched.  That was meh. Friday seems a bit of a tv wasteland.

Did some writing, as I wanted to work on themes that are reflected in the stories, and I decided that after creating new characters how would they be incorporated into the story.  As they are main characters.

I’m a mess, but I’m a do an outline just the same.

Happy creative endeavors.

Some Shows I Like

Since I’m a bit tight on cash, going to the movies is out for the moment (sorry Crimson Peak, but I will see you on Blu-Ray eventually). I did get to see a lot of new season TV shows, and this is a post about them. I will say this, there are some shows I looked forward to returning, and new ones I wanted to see.

The Player: This one’s more of an action-thriller. I am a fan of Wesley Snipes, and Blade I and II are two of my fave Snipes movie.  Snipes plays Mr. Johnson, and he’s not the hero in the story, and more anti-hero. Mr. Johnson is quite cold-blooded and cunning when he needs to be. Let me add that Phillip Winchester from Strike Back is also on the show as Alex Kane. I loved that show. So far I’ve been enjoying the episodes, and will turn in for more. Alex stopping crimes, and trying to resolve the mystery around his wife is interesting. I’m curious as to the outcome.

Speaking of Strike Back, I’ve been watching The Blindspot, which stars Sullivan Stapleton, and Jamie Alexander. It is a crime/action show. The focus is on Jamie Alexander’s character, Jane, who’s amnesiac and covered in tattoos that serves as some sort of messages that leads to crime.  I kinda wish I could binge watch this one.  Not 100% into the show, but I’m sticking with it.

Heroes: Reborn: Full disclosure-I quit on the original series after watching a few seasons, but refused to watch the last season. Why? Well, the stories got progressively worse to me. I was tired of tuning in to hate on a show. With Heroes: Reborn, I was willing to suspend my doubt and try the mini-series. While I’m not at hate-on levels, I am rather wondering after a few episodes of multiple storylines if there is a payoff. I do like that there are varying storylines, which is both a strength and a weakness. Some of the characters-to me fall a tad bit flat, and I’m having a few logic fails.

With these three shows, there’s some sort of resolution I’m anticipating. Out of the three, the Player holds my attention the most. I should do a full post dedicated to it to give a little more details. As a writer I like to see the structure of a show, and how I am hooked, or not.  At the very least knowing as a viewer what I’m willing to put up with, stick with, or reject.