My Life

It finally pinged in my daily activities, and ofer having been taught this writing several times, that I should be writing–or taking notes on my daily happenings.  Sorta like a daily journal. This is mainly because things happen day to day that range from ok to ugh.

The goal is to have my experiences on paper (or file) to look back on as inspiration/starting points for potential stories.  Things do happen, I have reactions for better or worse. It might be good to reflect on these things later on.

I can tell you at the moment I loathe getting up early, but had to.  Failed to pick out clothes last night, went to bed late, and all around KNEW if I didn’t set the clock earlier than usual, I would not get up in a timely manner.  I don’t know if this me getting older, or I got settled into getting up when I wanted to, but I am not a morning person…yet.

I also failed to clean my room yet again.  I need to purge this soon, to better manage my allergies. Too much clutter in a small space.  Must vacuum, throw some stuff away, and put some other things in storage. I will feel better if I do. I know I will.  

Happy creative endeavors.  

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Getting Back In Order

There will always be chaos going on around me. This week is no different.  For the record not only did my allergies give me some hell, my Mom got sick. This meant taking her to the ER to make sure she could get some immediate medical attention.  I’m glad we went, as she seemed to be getting worse, but the trip and treatment helped her out immensely.

On a side note, while we were waiting for her to be called, I pulled out my Moleskin, and wrote some ideas down for a dramatic comedy I said I wanted to start.  At the very least, if this idea has to go on the back burner, I can go back and look it over and make revisions as needed.

Mom is on the slow road to recovery, and I need her to relax and remain calm.  By her own nature she wants to be up and about, and that’s not acceptable to me.  The reason is a day ago she didn’t have energy, and now she wants to multitask.  Since I’m home to assist her, I feel she should simply recuperate.

That said, I spent a lot of time hearing my name called over, and over, and over.  A brother was on the go, and had little to no time to get himself together a way that was writing-intensive.

When I got up today, it didn’t dawn on me to do my blog. I haven’t even had a glass of water and I need to drink a few glasses.  I should eat something too, and figure out what i want for dinner.

As always, happy creative endeavor.

I Don’t Feel Like Writing

I’m tired, I didn’t get enough sleep, and I had to be to work early. The day seemed to lag as bad as an online game can sometimes.  I really wanted to loaf about and not even think about doing anything.  So, as I sat in my recliner and contemplated loafing are, I reminded myself that it wouldn’t kill me to complete a blog post.

Not doing much at the moment, however that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t rest or write.  I can do both.  So blog post now, and a little more creative writing soon.

Happy creative endeavors.

Title Goes Here

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.

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.