No Bad Dreams Allowed

Last night I had a dream where I decided to take up running. Cool running outfit and everything. As I ran, I was ready for the pain associated with me trying to exercise; shortness of breath, pain in my legs, and chest, and wanting to fall on the floor and lay there until I calm down.

To my surprise, there was no pain, or negative symptoms. Even better I felt energized, so I kept running.  I woke up from that dream feeling happy. It that moment I saw myself as strong, enduring, and moving towards greatness and happiness.

I like this dream, simple, sweet, and didn’t have me waking up feeling confused, disrupted, or upset — as sometimes my dreams can leave me in those states.  

For the record, I don’t know what this dream fully meant. My interpretation is that I’m doing something good, or about to go in the right direction. Can I have more dreams like this one?  

That said I wasn’t writing for a few weeks as things got very chaotic, BUT I think I was fortunate to have the luxury to abandon projects temporarily. As I review the notes I see them with fresher, eyes. Some things make more sense, and had me thinking and writing down  my thoughts.  

Happy creative endeavors.  

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Thresholds II

Also tragic story doesn’t have to end with the hero’s life, right?  What if the hero lost something of great value to them; wealth, family, reputation, happiness, sanity, health.

This loss would have a great impact on who they are: The athlete who could no longer compete due to health issues. The philanthropist who loved using his money to help others fulfill their dreams. The once proud writer accused of plagiarism who can’t get a call back.

Villains, in a lot of stories can be tragic heroes, and it gives them enough of a sympathy that their fall is both interesting, and memorable. Why aren’t the heroes this way?

Ultimately, for me, the writer, a hero has to at least be brought to the edges of defeat, or at least close enough to know and feel the the weight of the stakes involved in the wins or loss. It’s rather scary to me.

Thresholds I

Today’s writing question: Would you dare write your characters as tragic heroes? I ask this as it bothers me to think of my heroes in such a bad way, knowing their actions will lead to their own undoing. This is coming from someone who loves to put his heroes through a lot of paces, BUT none of it has lead to them to their deaths.

By contrast I love strength through adversity, which is why my heroes take a beating and keep on moving towards their greatness.   

I ask this question because it forces me to think about turning ALL the screws to heroes who are possibly paying the ultimate price for their actions, and it’s not necessarily a noble sacrifice. Needless to say, I would be plotting and chronicling some serious emotional and physical pain that may or may not be fun, yet compelling journeys. 

That said, what if I had tragic elements that threatened their worlds, but didn’t completely end the characters? It wouldn’t be a true tragic story, but the characters would come real close to danger, and/or death. They’d be fundamentally changed, or at least shook to their core over what could have happened to them.

 

Get It Done, Darn it!

I was trying to write about how I was looking forward to revising material for the novel. The content was sweet, thoughtful, and faced multiple revisions. Then I deleted it.

Why?  I was laboring too much, and if the material is to unabashed, progressive, and creative. I must act, not hold back, and do what needs to be done to make an entertaining story.

That said if the main character is naive, innocent, and these are defining traits, then he’s not truly passive. I simply have to break his traits. By that I mean I’m going to break, destroy, and ruin those traits for him.

He’s going to get some choices, where he can run, hide, and hope it all goes way, or he can man up, and get his life under his control, and it won’t be easy, or pretty.

So everything can and will fall into place.

Why? Because he’s my hero. Right or wrong, he’s going to get through his journey.

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.

Writing Exercises

Today I came up with random character descriptions to see if I could make main characters (MC) who weren’t too passive in their own story.

Let’s see:

  • Broke, drunk ho who needs to pay off gambling debts over having a good time.
  • Slacker who hates his job of preventing the apocalypse from starting.
  • Witless, vain romantic who causes drama and heartbreak everywhere they travel.
  • Shameless social climber not afraid to stab friends in the back for personal gain.
  • Reckless blabbermouth who feels satisfied spreading gossip and lies.

As I said, these are random character ideas, just to get me in the mind of making characters less passive and more active in their own stories.

If I had to modify these, I would add some goofiness to them, really because I like goofy things, and have a hyper imagination. By goofy I also mean weird and fun to me.

So:

  • Broke, drunk ho is desperate to pay off gambling debts to slug gangsters and vicious loan roaches who want their money, or they’re gonna feed the MC to the angry ants.

Mind you, I find this totally gross, however, I wonder if I can make that work.  It’s not on my “to do” list of stories, but it’s funny to keep my mind to work. It’s all super random and needs a lot more work, but this is part of the learning process.

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.