Weird Ideas, Gaming, Goofing, and Writing

If I learned anything in my life, my goofiest ideas are often the most interesting angle I can have on a story, and should write them down even if thy don’t make 100% sense. I have lists of nonsense words I keep just so I can review and use them later, BTW.¬† ūüôā

Yesterday was a slow day where I recovered from the after effects of a migraine, and tried to take things slow. I had a few ideas for some things for the novel and they still don’t make 100% sense, however, maybe they shouldn’t, at the moment.

If given enough time to think on them, I’m sure they will add a nice layer to the story.¬† I still feel I have a LONG way to go with this novel. It never feels right or complete.¬† I need a writing life coach.

Happy creative endeavors.

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The Old New Script

Recently I reviewed my script I wrote for a fantasy TV show. Now that I have some lessons under my belt on writing better, I decided to look at the main character  (MC) and see what I thought.

The MC: the new, resourceful and cocky lawman in town who aims stop supernatural crimes, and not take anyone’s BS.

This is an ensemble story, he really shapes the pilot and how we see the world.

The second MC: Talented, aristocratic snot whose family pays a steep price for his escapades, and he must now stay obedient in order to prevent them from even more hostility.

Third MC: Insufferable, unorthodox  know-it-all who loves his secrets, and his authority unquestioned.

The fourth MC: Confident, bold, and witty librarian who would rather spend time out in the field rather than with old books.

I had other characters that appear, but I wanted the identify the “primary” four who I could describe into a sentence or two.

I did have one antagonist.  I was trying to figure out how to described him.

Antagonist 1: Brilliant chemist with a sadistic streak, and great contempt for the wealthy.

This is what I’m revising. Happy to look at it again, and at least get a handhold on the characters.

Not Too Busy…Yet

Clearly I’ve spent time creating wonderful title. Life happened.¬† In the meantime I took pen to paper to jot down a lot of notes for the story which included character notes, and story lines. I’ll post a few samples below to give you an idea of where I am in my thought process.

  • Does the MC fear disconnecting from people (or the world), and how does he reconnect?
  • How does MC’s business succeed or fail as story progresses?
  • Who stands in opposition of his business?
  • Who wants to invest, control, or partner with him?

I didn’t realize this until I wrote the notes down that two of the antagonist can have stronger ties.

I think the business person I created could be responsible for some, or if not the reason the MC is extraordinary, and demands that this ability is his property or a property of his company.

Since you can’t own a person in this country he’s going to try some underhanded and immoral actions.

The antagonist will use one of the politicians I created to stir up some mess, and conflate issues, and sty to manipulate laws and people to his point of view.  At the very least I can see this playing out over several episodes, and cements a couple more characters for the story.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Not Cranky

Ever been in the middle of getting dressed for work, and had this clarity for writing a premise for your story. For those not in the know a premise is a one or two sentence long statement that clarifies any idea you may have. Essentially if you have a good idea, you need to be able to make it into a premise.

That happened this morning. Stopped what I was doing and immediately wrote it down in my Moleskin. FYI having a bound book that you can store ideas within is a good idea. Random sheets of paper get lost too easy.

It felt good to have another premise developed, and added to the list of premises I need to revisit to revise one day.¬† I’ve also been thinking over an older spec pilot script i wrote, now that I have some newer tools to rework it.

Also I’m not cranky today. I think I got enough sleep last night.¬† Woke up feeling like this could be the start of a great day. Also having visions of working and writing.¬† Also had odd dreams, but that’s another post.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Cranky

Today, even with coffee I am cranky. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep.¬† I know I’m in a mood, because I am mildly annoyed with everyone and everything.¬† Needless to say I feel drained, and no, I don’t need more coffee. I’m just gonna have to go through this little mood until it leaves me be.

It doesn’t mean I’m rude to people, or that I’m blasting people. I¬† keep the mood to myself, but OMG I could go back to bed, and not be asked a single question or talked to for the next few hours. For the record I like being nice to people, so I even if I am in a mood, I try to give people the best of me so I don’t give them the worst of me.

I firmly believe my bad mood shouldn’t be something to give to others. Discussing it via blog helps me manage my mood in some ways.¬† Also being kind perks me up a little more.

Writing went up and down. Wrote out a lot of thoughts, ideas, and even tried to boil my working ideas into two sentences–my version of a high concept. Some ideas felt inspired to where I liked what I wrote the first time. Other ideas needed several revisions before they arrived at being remotely a satisfied point.

Now all of those ideas need a “time out” moment before they are looked again.¬† Other than that I will remain cranky, polite, and keep writing.¬† This week is so darn odd. LOL

Happy creative endeavors.

 

The Genre

When last I spoke on this topic, I merely said it was a science fiction TV series. What I’m going to do is try to define it a little more. ¬†Simply gathered some facts and see what I have written.

  • The Main Character (MC) AKA Second Son is the most powerful and influential man in the world, after it was believed he was killed, but surprises he’s back.
  • MC often converses with future self. ¬†Future self may or may not have his own agenda to push.
  • The MC’s four friends are also back, but have NONE of the global effect the MC has, but don’t leave his orbit for too long.
  • The MC’s family has changed. ¬†MOM renews relationship with MC, but on better terms.
  • Mom is also the head of the MC’s business.
  • Mom has several relations with various men, but none of them work for her, and she’s a master of being discrete.
  • Four people have a reason to go after the MC (the antagonists), but for different reasons.
  • First Son is attention seeking, and often in and out of problems.
  • Ex Husband is around, and hates having his free spirit clipped/hampered, but now wants son’s attention.
  • The world needs a stronger leader than they have, who can get things done, and that makes the MC the strongest, viable candidate.
  • MC could be the world’s first global emperor but no generals and not ready to solve everyone’s crisis.
  • Not everyone is happy that there’s a person with this much power they can’t gain favor with, or influence in some way.

I need to contemplate these facts, because I’m sure there are more questions in there.

Happy creative endeavors.

More Character Development

Hurricane Irma really put some worry in the past few days, and it also gave me time to contemplate where I’m going at with my idea. ¬†I thought a lot about the genre (science-fiction) and how this impacted the world I created. ¬†I thought of some antagonists for the hero outside of his family and friends.

As always, I want to keep them down to two sentences, and haven’t named them. ¬†I’m keeping them to four at the moment, as it will be easy to manage in my head, and on paper. ¬†for abbreviation they are A 1- 4

A #1 is a spiritual leader who is looking to get Mom in her flock and, thus have influence over Mom and second son.  Cannot strike the ideal balance between controlling ways and spiritual guidance.

A #2: Is a businessman who loves to win, dominate, and destroy any competition that dares reveal itself to him. Cannot rest while Second Son holds more power, respect, and influence than him and he has no way to unseat the Second Son.

A #3 is a politician who has a city that is suffering in resources, and has made the decision to do whatever it takes to have what his city needs to survive.

A #4: Is a resourceful journalist who wants to know everything for her stories on powerful people. She’s know for her unflinching focus on the truth, decisive and candid questions, and her tenacity.

My goal is to see how these characters play out in the series. ¬†I hope to have more thoughts on them, as I flesh them out over time. Also I realize them being antagonists doesn’t mean they are 100% evil. They have conflict with the MC.

Happy creative endeavors.