Thoughts

As the day passed, and ideas floated about, eager to be penned, I wondered how well I’d fare with more vulgarity in my creative writing.  

Not necessarily a profanity-laced tirade, but some profane elements scattered throughout a story. Would be enough to make this Charleston-born writer produce some page turning stories? 

Truthfully, I’ve always wanted to free myself from exclusively thinking/staying inside my comfort zone, shock myself, and press forward. Part of me stays in a never-ending struggle with my inner censor, and I hope to silence him with this insight.  

Keep in mind I’m no stranger to puns, innuendo, double (or triple) entendres. I’ve always used them in the spirit of humor, silliness, and for goofy moments. I, however, do those on whims, and I imagine a sustained writing goal may yield some fascinating results.  

I feel very impish in my actions, and it’s totally worth it if I can laugh and entertain. That, and it totally amuses me to break out of my comfort zone with no apologies, which can be my default reaction.   

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Sunday

Today day I feel a little bored, and less desire to write. I, however, told myself that I’m gonna put some things down, and that includes a blog post.  It’s a mix of feeling blah, and a little meh-ish.  Usually it goes away, but today I don’t want to wait for it to depart before I type something.

I did finish my writing for television class, and it took forever, and I wish I completed it sooner. I typed out the last of my notes, and will review them soon. There was a lot of stuff I knew, thought I knew, and study I’m eager to try out.

It does make me want to look back at my previous material and see if it can be revised with the guidelines. I certainly hope to at least take one project and rewrite it to fit the proper format, and change the ending (I hated the ending, and knew it had to go).

Go me. Blog post done when i was feeling like loafing about.  If only all material came this easy.

Happy creative endeavors.

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.

Allergies

So I woke up to this burning in my eyes, which I knew was my allergies.  Boy was I irritated, and unable to sleep. I got up, took my allergy meds, and hoped the took effect sooner than later.  It took a long, long time.

About a week ago, I ran out of allergy meds, and had to use a less potent (cheaper) version. Needless to say, getting my regular brand back was a relief but it takes time to get in my system effectively.  It’s one of many inconveniences.

It made me cranky, and tired. I craved silence. I also I needed to write a blog post. I can say this much, it has been one chaotic moment chaining with the next.  I need to get some rest.

Happy creative endeavors.

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.

Can I Get This Done?

Today I have to figure out how I am going to get pitches/proposals for four shows done soon.  Not that there’s a rush. I should get them done so just the same. Part of this process if for me to help shape my stories a lot stronger than i have in the past.  It will take a lot more effort that I put in projects in the past, and will keep working towards professionalism and excellence.

With this in mind I want to buckle down and throw my inner-censor out the window.  I also want to embrace character-driven stories, so that means thinking more of the emotional stakes of the characters.  That doesn’t always shine through at the initial stages of my writing, but if writing is rewriting, then I know it’s a matter of time before I get there.  

As I mentioned yesterday, I love plot-driven stories, and I have had a steady diet of them, but I’m willing to try new methods of storytelling to reach my goal of becoming a full-time televisions writer-producer who creates his own shows.  I also eventually want to help others reach their goals, but one step at a time, right?

Happy creative endeavors.

The (Emotional) Payoff

Well, as I write, figure stuff out, and do my research, one question comes to mind: Am I writing a plot-driven story, or a character driven story.  Most of the time this seems like a simple choice, but I can’t find there balance between the two.

For the record, plot-driven is when events happen to your main character(s), and the MC(s) react to the the plot.  Genre stories can (not always) be plot-driven.  Melodrama (my fave) is for sure plot-driven–bad things happen to good people.

Conversely, character-driven stories focus on the desire and/or fears of the MC(s)–how the MC(s) react that tells the story. Literary stories are often considered character driven, and many of the the stories are about the character’s journey. The story has an emotional payoff.

Therein lies the problem for me. I like both, but found myself straddling the line between the two in an incomplete way.  What this does mean is looking at my work and revising it to be more character-driven. As always, I got rewriting to do, but I like that when I fell off the wagon, i was able to refresh my POV.

As always, happy creative endeavors.