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I didn’t do much writing yesterday, and that’s on me. Today I got some ideas down, and after my two-part post, I’ve been contemplating how better to see and explore the themes in my stories. As I’ve said before, art exists in a variety of mediums, and words happen to be where I’m focusing—at the moment, but I may want to add visual components to my work.

Here I found myself looking up definitions and theories on art as a whole.  The idea was to inform my further creative decisions. Also I like learning.

Thematically, I think if I underline the root action or theme I wish to explore, I’ll be in the right direction.  Not worried about story structure, as I pretty much reinforced what I previously learned from college, reading, online classes, and applying said knowledge.

So while I have a moment, I will evaluate the four projects currently on my plate and see if I identify the primary theme or goal I wish to explore. Then I gotta get more research done that directly impacts each story.  Granted it is finals, and its busy time, I think I can managed an article or two this week.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Stage One: Last Day

Today is the last day of stage one, and while I still have time to tweak what I’ve done, I made this month’s goals.  This is a small step in an initial project, so I don’t want to bring out the wine yet.  That said, I’m pleased for progress, and hope to keep pushing.

All that was needed to get the project started was:

  • Pick four of my concepts
  • Type what I though is the initial idea.
  • Convert each idea into a premise.
  • Begin preliminary research. Preliminary could be an article, films, a book (at least two sources).

What can I say, so far:

  • Concept one has a lot of ideas, and trying to consolidate it has been tricky. Also I’d like to keep it tight.
  • Concept two also has a lot of ideas and notes but I think I’m pushing towards a stronger story.  It has the strongest research done so far.
  • Concept three is simple, but I think will be a lot of fun to write and explore.
  • Concept four feels complicated, and needs more ironing out. This will come through as I progress.

That said, I tested out the concepts on my brother.  He’s busy, so I’m waiting on his response. I will also ask another friend for their reaction to the premises.  This will help me understand better where I’m going, as it may seem solid in my head, others may not feel the premises are so solid.

I wish I had asked sooner.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Sixteen II, or Tell Me How You Really Feel

Yesterday I discussed writing down modes, getting them to a premise state, and wishing to type them up, and revising them. Overnight I thought about a book I was reading, and later heard the author speak, which reinforced the ideas of how emotion can drive a story forward.

So, I have a few more questions to ask of each premise:

  • So, how do these characters feel along this journey they’re going through?
  • Do these emotions change during the course of the journey?
  • What do they evolve (or devolve) into?

For the writing of the novel, the TV script, and the idea I worked on for the blog, feelings weren’t considered as the story progressed. For the novel I know I was mean to my main character, but he was kinda mellow and things happened to him, it felt like the idea was greater than the person going through the experience.

I should be so focused all the darn time, but theres something to be said for having a methodical approach especially when the goal for these stories is for them to evolve from where they currently stand.

So todays assignment is to look over what’s written, and figure out how each character feels about their life and their situation. My theory is that they will have a different or stronger directions. There will also be a moment of clarity where the character better defined.

Happy creative endeavors.

Sixteen

Yesterday was a day without heavy distractions, which is a little odd for a Friday. I decided that I should take out pen and paper and write. My first thought was to simply list the projects I was working on and define a premise for them.  This was simple enough.

As stated before, the premise is a fleshed out idea that is one or two clear, concise sentences.  There’s another step in this that I wanted to see which was a few simple questions I’ll post below.  The questions would also help me stay on point, see where my thoughts were at that moment on the concept.

One thing pointed out to me is that if your premise sounds confusing, or if your audience doesn’t understand it, then  t needs more work.  As per my own word, writing is rewriting.

The questions for me were:

  1. Who is the MC (main character)?
  2. The MC does what and when?
  3. Where does this event/journey take place?
  4. Why is the MC on this journey?
  5. How does the MC go about this journey?

Writing this down felt complicated, but some of the things were easy to jot down. For example, I knew some of the characters have names, or I used an X as their name.  I knew their situation.

Wrote it all down. I pushed for the five premises on paper, then looked at my story list, and pushed to sixteen premises put down on paper. I’m very happy I did that, but the work can’t stop here.

Now part two of this will be to type all of this out because this is where rewriting will get done as needed.  Once I get a stronger feeling that the material is clear and concise, I will be doing more research. This will lead to even more revisions, but I’m down for that kind of challenge.  I feel good when I push myself further because I want to get it all written.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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.

Research, Writing, Mayhem

Despite distracting myself with gaming, I have done some research, and then find myself realizing that the I ignored monarchy as a research subject in my fantasy series. While I have ideas, notes, and maps of who goes where, I REALLY need to do a baseline (minimal) starter search on mordancy and nobility.

In this sense I feel like Luke Skywaker in Empire Strikes Back; I haven’t completed my training, and that’s gonna get me wrecked.  In this case I won’t lose a hand, but I will lose the upper hand of getting info together for stories.

Why? Well at least one of the MCs in the story comes from a noble family, and other than knowing that tidbit, that’s all I know, and it would be nice to deepen the progression of the character and his background.

As per my own notes, the character’s family is paying for his mistakes. I would like to add some facts to my ideas, because I think the plight is universal, and fantasy does allow for a writer to bend rules, I am hoping that insight into actual nobility offers some new ideas and potential story lines.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Researching

I looked up some articles for the novel. The reason was I really didn’t know too much about formal and fine arts dancing. This is an important component of the story, and I sort of treated it in it’s simplest terms. That’s not the perspective I want to keep as I progress.

That said, I also had time to think about the novel, and my creativity came to play. This lead to me researching one of my fave topics (Greek/Roman mythology) and found some details I can add to the story.

I still have a lot more research to do for the novel, and the pilot script(s) I’m working towards completing.  It feels like I’m strengthening the foundations of the respective projects. I need to keep reading more material as I feel this will greatly inform my character’s world and my stronger entry into the hero’s world.

At least that’s my dream. Will keep pushing to make the dream a reality.

Happy creative endeavors.